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Quotation by Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is his weakness to be proud: he derives, from a comparison of his own extraordinary mind with the dwarfish intellects that surround him, an intense apprehension of the nothingness of human life.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), British poet. Julian and Maddalo, preface.
The description of Count Maddalo was taken to be a portrait of Byron.
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