For wheresoe'er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes
and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields
encompass me around, And still I seem to
tread on classic ground. Joseph Addison A Letter from Italy.
No classic resembles any previous classic, so do not
be discouraged. Ernest Millar Hemingway Advice to young writers, in McCall's, May.
classicsomething that everybody wants to have read and nobody
wants to read. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain Speech on'The Disappearance of Literature'at the Nineteenth Century
Club, 20 Nov. Quoted in Albert Bigelow Paine (ed)
MarkTwain's Speeches (1910).