Essays on the Philosophy and Science.
When a great man appears, he soon surpasses in excellence those who surround
him. Th e thousands who compare their own insignifi cance with his
colossal height, complain that nature should strip a whole generation to
form the mind of one. But nature is just; she distributes to each individual
the necessary attainments by which he is enabled to fulfi l the career assigned
him. To a chosen few alone she reserves the privilege of possessing uncommon
talents, and of enlightening mankind by their exertions.