3 thoughts on “Useful phrase”

  1. I must shamefacedly confess that I had somehow missed this tidbit from Burton, but it is both insightful and typical of the great Victorian polymath.
    Jim Casada

  2. I wish I had more detailed provenance, Jim. It was in one of my old commonplace books that I occasionally mine for quotes.A possibility is the Lovell bio, which came out that year.

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