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accept a low standard of execution, to substitute artifice for art, and to disregard the more permanent verdict of more fastidious tribunals.
The richest thought and the finest literary handling which America has yet produced — as of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau — reached at first but a small audience, and are but very gradually attaining a wider hold.
Renan has said that every man's work is superficial, until he has learned to content himself with the approbation of a few. This is only otion, and bids art live.
Rouge gagne. If the romance of life does not assert itself in safe and innocent ways, it finds its outlet with fatal certainty in guilt; as we see colorless Puritanism touched with scarlet splendor through the glass of Hawthorne.
Every form of human life is romantic; every age may become classic.
Lamentations, doubts, discouragements, all are wasted things.
Everything is here, between these Atlantic and Pacific shores, save only the perfected utterance that comes wi