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    “We are always doing,” says he, “something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.”
    Joseph Addison (1672–1719)

    Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
    —Joseph Addison (1672–1719)