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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.


  • [Count Claude Henri de Saint-Simon, a French socialist; born in Paris, October, 1760; served in the American war; qualified himself by study to become a social reformer, and published several works on that subject; died 1825.]
  • In order to do great things, one must be enthusiastic.

  • On his death-bed. “Nothing great,” says Emerson, “was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”—Essay on Circles.
  • Goethe, however, speaks of “empirical enthusiasts, who seize upon new ideas with ecstasy, as if, for the moment, nothing could be compared to them.”