Saturday, October 08, 2005



H.G. Wells, Tono-Bungay:
It was Plutarch, you know, and nothing intrinsically American that prevented George Washington being a King.

And I found Langhorne's "Plutarch" too, I remember, on those shelves. It seems queer to me now to think that I acquired pride and self-respect, the idea of a state and the germ of public spirit, in such a furtive fashion; queer, too, that it should rest with an old Greek, dead these eighteen hundred years to teach that.

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