He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired Armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
Heroes and Hero-Worship. The Hero as a Man of Letters.
Note 1. Buffon says:La génie nest autre chose quune grande aptitude à la patience. (Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience). There is also a popular proverb: Genius is patience. See also Disraeli, p. 627: Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. See Leslie Stephen: Genius is a capacity for taking trouble. Jan Walæus also says: Genius is an intuitive talent for labor. [back]