Crambe repetita (11)
The richer the character, the harder and slower in general is its development.1 Two boys were once of the same class in our Edinburgh school; John ever trim precise and dux, Walter ever slovenly confused and dolt: in due time John became Baillie Waugh, and Walter became Sir Walter Scott.
The quickest and completest of all vegetables is – the Cabbage.
– Thomas Carlyle
ca. March 1827 (p. 105)
- Cf. Plutarch, Cato Minor, (1.3). [↩]