• Of all studies, the most delightful and the most useful is biography. The seeds of great events lie near the surface; historians delve too deep for them. No history was ever true. Lives I have read which, if they were not, had the appearance, the interest, and the utility of truth.

    Walter Savage Landor (1853). “The works of Walter Savage Landor [ed. by J. Forster].”, p.243