Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

I am grown old, and have possibly lost a great deal of that fire, which formerly made me love fire in others at any rate, and however attended with smoke: but now I must have all sense, and cannot, for the sake of five righteous lines, forgive a thousand absurd ones.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Oct. 4, 1752, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. III, p. 370, London (1774).

Here Chesterfield was comparing Voltaire's Henriade, a poem he greatly admired, with classical epics he found often wordy and repetitious as well as ridiculous.
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