There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
'Tis an old maxim in the schools,
That Vanity's the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to taste a bit.