Quotation by Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol

For public opinion does not admit that lofty rapturous laughter is worthy to stand beside lofty lyrical emotion and that there is all the difference in the world between it and the antics of a clown at a fair.
Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol (1809–1852), Russian author, dramatist. Dead Souls, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1842), trans. by David Magarshak (1961).
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