“It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile . . . That is not imagination. No, it kills it. . . . Your universities? Oh, yes, you have learned men who collect . . . facts, and facts, and empires of facts. But which of them will rekindle the light within?”

― E. M. Forster

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“Among ordinary people, where grand passions speak only at intervals, the sentiments of nature are more often heard. In more elevated ranks the latter are completely stifled, while, from behind a mask of sentiment, all that speaks is self-interest and vanity.”

― Jean Jacques Rousseau

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