Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

The gothic is singular in this; one seems easily at home in the renaissance; one is not too strange in the Byzantine; as for the Roman, it is ourselves; and we could walk blindfolded through every chink and cranny of the Greek mind; all these styles seem modern when we come close to them; but the gothic gets away.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, p. 423, Library of America (1983).
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