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Authors are very unequal. The loftiest sometimes sink lower than the mediocre ever do; the passionate are often lifeless; and the deep and original portrayer of character and the heart frequently utters sententious truisms and apophthegmatic nonsense.
From The Knickerbocker New-York Monthly Magazine, Vol. 22 No. 2