Pioneering don’t pay.
Pioneers are always kicked in the teeth when the thing they pioneered starts to pay off. Look at Jesus.
Society is not led from the middle, but from the top – by the ideas of the thinkers, the discoveries of the explorers, the creations of the inventors, the words of the philosophers, the marvels of the builders, the sacrifices of the pioneers… rudders are, as a rule, much smaller than the ships they steer. […]
Genius is the very eye of intellect and the wing of thought; it is always in advance of its time, and is the pioneer for the generation which it precedes.