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It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.
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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
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Certain it is that their power increased always in an exact proportion to the weakness of the Caliphate, and, without doubt, in some of the most distracted periods of the Arabian rule, the Hebrew Princes rose into some degree of local and temporary importance.
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The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.
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The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves - the creature of habits and infirmities.
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The act of contemplation then creates the thing created.
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The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.
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The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.
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The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities.
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Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.
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Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised.
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The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
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After all, it is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work, for an author can have nothing truly his own but his style.
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Happy the man when he has not the defects of his qualities.
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Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.
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Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
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Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.
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To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius - the men of reasoning and the men of imagination.
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Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear.
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Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.
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