Each truth that a writer acquires is a lantern, which he turns full on what facts and thoughts lay already in his mind, and behold, all the mats and rubbish which had littered his garret become precious. Every trivial fact in his private biography becomes an illustration of this new principle, revisits the day, and delights all men by its piquancy and new charm.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How the imagination is piqued by anecdotes of some great man passing incognito, as a king in gray clothes.”

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