Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
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- Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
- When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
- Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.
- One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
- Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
- Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive.