Quotation by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Beyond all question, I might have had a wiser friend than he. The atmosphere in which alone he breathed was dense; his awful dread of death showed how much muddy imperfection was to be cleansed out of him, before he could be capable of spiritual existence; he meddled only with the surface of life, and never cared to penetrate further than to ploughshare depth; his very sense and sagacity were but a one-eyed clear-sightedness.... Dr. Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864), U.S. author. "Lichfield and Uttoxeter," Our Old Home (1863).

Henry James said that this formed part of a graceful tribute to Johnson who "certainly has nowhere else been more tenderly spoken of."
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