I had rather you read fifty "Jumping Frogs" than one Don Quixote.
Don Quixote is one of the most exquisite books that was ever written, and to
lose it from the world's literature would be as the wresting of a constellation
from the symmetry and perfection of the firmament--but neither it nor Shakespeare
are proper books for virgins to read until some hand has culled them of their
- Letter to Olivia, 3/1/1869
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