Quote by Mark Twain
What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before.
This quote suggests that Adam, as the first man, had the privilege of discovering and expressing new ideas. Unlike subsequent humans who live in a world already filled with knowledge, Adam was able to claim originality when he said something profound or insightful. The quote highlights the uniqueness and novelty that Adam experienced in his ability to voice fresh thoughts, contrasting his position with the countless individuals who follow in his wake, having to contend with the challenge of saying something truly new and inventive.
The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.