Individuals who launch radical revolutions typically require strong determination, courage, and independence of mind. Unfortunately, their divergent ways of thinking have tended to condemn these bold thinkers to rejection, ridicule, and torment. Like Charles Darwin, who compared his belief in evolution to “confessing a murder,” heterodox individuals have typically suffered for their revolutionary aspirations. Not every unorthodox thinker has succeeded, and not all of them have been right. But a surprising number of them have shared a deep and powerful bond. More often than not, they were born to rebel.
—Frank Sulloway, final paragraph, Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives, 1996