It is the very difference between the artistic mind and the mathematical that the former sees things as they are in a picture, some nearer and larger, some smaller and farther away: while to the mathematical mind everything, every inch in a million, every fact in a cosmos, must be of equal value. That is why mathematicians go mad, and poets scarcely ever do. A man may have as wide a view of life as he likes, the wider the better: a distant view, a bird’s-eye view, but still a view and not a map. The one thing he cannot attempt in his version of the universe is to draw things to scale.
‘G. F. Watts.’
Chesterton, G. K.. The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books] (Kindle Locations 43505-43510). Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.