“Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life ─ the life which has a seed of ennobling…”

“Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life ─ the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within ─ can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.”

George Eliot, Middlemarch

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