517: First-rate Man.

If a man is despondent about his work, the best remedy that I can prescribe to him is to turn to a good biography; there he will find that other men before him have known the dreary reaction that follows long-sustained effort, and he will find that one of the differences between the first-rate man and the fifth-rate lies in the vigor with which the first-rate man recovers from this reaction, and crushes it down, and again flings himself once more upon the breach.

(John Morley, “The Great Commonplaces of Reading,” The Critic, Vol. XLVIII, 1906, p. 147).

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517: First-rate Man.