We are more thoroughly an enlightened People, with respect to our Political Interests than perhaps any other under Heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his Circumstances as to have Leisure for Conversations of Improvement, and for acquiring Information.
People don’t find the personal lives of people with much, much more power than any celebrity would have – don’t find their personal lives interesting.
My nervous system is a shattered wreck, and I am absolutely bored & listless save when I come upon something which peculiarly interests me.
Humanity, surely, needs practical men who make the best of their work for the sake of their own interests, without forgetting the general interest. But it also needs dreamers, for whom the unselfish following of a purpose is so imperative that it becomes impossible for them to devote much attention to their own material benefit.