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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1532
AUTHOR: Henry Leavitt Ellsworth (1791–1858)
QUOTATION: The advancement of the arts from year to year taxes our credulity, and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY L. ELLSWORTH, U.S. commissioner of patents, Annual Report, p. 5 (1843).
SUBJECTS: Progress