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for although I well know how hard it is for a man of genius with a seriously underrated subject to maintain serene and kindly relations with the men who underrate it, and who keep all the best places for less important subjects which they profess without originality and sometimes without much capacity for them, still, if he overwhelms them with wrath and disdain, he cannot expect them to heap honors on him.
But North hated the pitch and told Pascal: "The script is a jeopardy machine without originality and the idea is so far-fetched that the script is sort of Dead On Arrival.
Thus originality alone may not lead to scientific progress but it is clear that without originality no intellectual development is ever possible.