Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

You seem to think that I am adapted to nothing but the sugar-plums of intellect and had better not try to digest anything stronger.... a writer of popular sketches in magazines; a lecturer before Lyceums and College societies; a dabbler in metaphysics, poetry, and art, than which I would rather die, for if it has come to that, alas! verily, as you say, mediocrity has fallen on the name of Adams.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Letter, February 9, 1859, to Charles Francis Adams Jr.. Letters, Vol. 1, p. 18, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1930).
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