I have got enough of the old masters! Brown says he has "shook" them, and I think I will shake them, too. You wander through a mile of picture galleries and stare stupidly at ghastly old nightmares done in lampblack and lightning, and listen to the ecstatic encomiums of the guides, and try to get up some enthusiasm, but it won't come.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. Daily Alta California (September 22, 1867). Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, ch. 9, ed. David Morley McKeithan, University of Oklahoma Press (1958).