among American prose-writers, they may turn to that essay.
There were two points in which no one exceeded her at the time and place in which she lived.
First, she excelled in lyric glimpses, or the power of putting a high thought into a sentence.
If few of her sentences have passed into the common repertory of quotation, that is not a final test.
The greatest poet is not necessarily the most quoted or quotable poet.
Pope fills twenty-four pages in Bartlett's Dictionary of Quotations, Moore eight, Burns but six, Keats but two, and the Brownings taken together less than half a page.
The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corners of newspapers — else would Josh Billings be at the head of literature ;but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.
Tried by this standard, Margaret Fuller ranks high, and, if I were to judge strictly by my own personal experience, I should say very high inde