Quotation by Frances Burney

I wish, said Mr. [Fulke] Greville, men would not pretend to write of what they cannot be masters of. Another country—it is impossible they can be judges; and they ought not to aim at it—for they have different sensations, are used to different laws, manners and things, and consequently are habituated to different thoughts and ideas—'tis the same as if a cow was to write of a horse—or a horse of a cow—why they would proceed on quite different principles, and therefore certainly could be no judge of one another.
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 32, journal entry, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
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