Here is the mistake of the cut-and-dried man of culture. He goes about with the secret of having learned to appreciate the "grand style." He has lived in Homer till he can recall the roll of that many-sounding sea. He has pored over the lofty and pictorial thought of Plato till he begins to pique himself upon its grandeur. His fancy has been fed on the quaint old-world genius of Herodotus, his judgment on the melancholy wisdom of Tacitus and the complacent cynicism of Gibbon—and of all this he is conscious and proud.
Richard Holt Hutton (1826–1897), British editor, critic. repr. in A Victorian Spectator: Uncollected Writings of R.H. Hutton, eds. Robert H. Tener and Malcolm Woodfield (1989). "Mr. Grote on the Abuses of Newspaper Criticism," Spectator (London, June 29, 1861).