Thursday, June 09, 2016


Uncommon Depravity

Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), Memoirs, Vol. I (London: J. Johnson, 1804), p. 253:
When I figure to my mind a representation of uncommon depravity, it is the person of a malignant critic, under the authority of a review, and the security of concealment, vilifying writers of learning, industry, or genius; because their sentiments may not harmonize with the professions of that numerous portion of every society, who, without enquiry, acquiesce in established notions and established practices.

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