• The ancients had a taste, let us say rather a passion, for the marvellous, which caused grouping together the lofty deeds of a great number of heroes, whose names they have not even deigned to preserve, and investing the single personage of Hercules with them. In our own time the public delight in blending fable with history. In every career of life, in the pursuit of science especially, they enjoy a pleasure in creating Herculeses.

    "Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men". Book by François Arago, translated by William Henry Smyth, Baden Powell and Robert Grant. Chapter: 'Joseph Fourier', p. 408, 1859.