Quotation by James Boswell

Writing a book I have found to be like building a house. A man forms a plan, and collects materials. He thinks he has enough to raise a large and stately edifice; but after he has arranged, compacted and polished, his work turns out to be a very small performance. The authour however like the builder, knows how much labour his work has cost him; and therefore estimates it at a higher rate than other people think it deserves,
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. An Account of Corsica, preface, 3rd ed. corr. (1769).
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