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" All is extremely genteel; and there is almost as much repose as in the golden saloons of the contiguous palaces. At any rate, if there be as much vice, there is as little crime. "
" The act of contemplation then creates the thing created. "
" Their chief residence was Bagdad, where they remained until the eleventh century, an age fatal in Oriental history, from the disasters of which the Princes of the Captivity were not exempt. "
" The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author. "
" The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces. "
" Happy the man when he has not the defects of his qualities. "
" Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised. "
" The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities. "
" Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear. "
" 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. "
" The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age. "
" Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses. "
" To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius - the men of reasoning and the men of imagination. "
" The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them. "
" Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. "
" Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. "
" 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. "
" The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. "
" Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor. "
" It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us. "
" 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. "