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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
        [Count Claude Henri de Saint-Simon, a French socialist; born in Paris, October, 1760; served in the American war; qualified himself by study to become a social reformer, and published several works on that subject; died 1825.]
In order to do great things, one must be enthusiastic.
          On his death-bed. “Nothing great,” says Emerson, “was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”—Essay on Circles.
  Goethe, however, speaks of “empirical enthusiasts, who seize upon new ideas with ecstasy, as if, for the moment, nothing could be compared to them.”

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