In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality.
Note 1. There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent.Bayle: vol. ii. p. 779. Though old the thought and oft exprest, T is his at last who says it best. Lowell: For an Autograph. [back]