Quotation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings—as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), U.S. poet. Kavanagh, bk. 1, ch. 13 (1849).

One of the meditations of Mr. Churchill, inscribed on his pulpit.
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