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  • I beg your pardon, but I grant the term 'classic' its place where it is applicable, that is, whenever an idea has achieved its apogee.†   (source)
  • McKisco's contacts with the princely classes in America had impressed upon him their uncertain and fumbling snobbery, their delight in ignorance and their deliberate rudeness, all lifted from the English with no regard paid to factors that make English philistinism and rudeness purposeful, and applied in a land where a little knowledge and civility buy more than they do anywhere elseā€”an attitude which reached its apogee in the "Harvard manner" of about 1900.†   (source)
  • Milton's Paradise Lost and Pope's Iliad represent the Homeric apogee of the classical epic tradition; the Romantic preference for personal lyric over heroic epic did not extinguish Homer's influence, and the twentieth century found powerful new ways to use the old poem, from Joyce's Ulysses to Derek Walcott's Omeros.†   (source)
  • proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.†   (source)
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