Excerpt from The Romance of Biography: Chapters on the Strange and Wonderful in Human Life This is said in no injustice or bitterness of feeling; for there may be a good deal of false sentiment when we say the ideal will not bear the touch of the real. This is not always true, although doubtless usually so. Nothing purely intellectual seems able to bear the contact Of the present; things, places, and persons disappoint us. The imaginative temperament is always wanting to be exactly where it is not. If in London, it would be in Paris and.
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