“A Man who thinks he is guarding himself against prejudices by resisting the authority of others, leaves open every avenue to singularity, vanity, self conceit, obstinacy, and many other vices, all tending to warp the judgment and prevent the natural operation of his faculties. This submission to theirs is a deference which we owe, and indeed are forced involuntary to pay. In fact we never are satisfied with our opinions, whatever we may pretend, till they are ratified and confirmed by the suffrages of the rest of mankind. We dispute and wrangle to get men to come to us, when we do not go to them.
He therefore who is acquainted with the works which have pleased different ages and different countries, and has formed his opinion on them, has more materials, and more means of knowing what is analogues to the mind of man, than he who is conversant only of the works of his own age or country.
What has pleased and continues to please is likely to please again: hence are derived the rules of art, and on this immovable foundation they must ever stand.”
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