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1852, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Devereux, Complete:
- Of the principal character thus introduced (the celebrated and graceful, but charlatanic, Bolingbroke) I still think that my sketch, upon the whole, is substantially just.
(Can we date this quote?), Various, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843:
- [I] Vast and overwhelming, however, as the ills which follow in the train of over producing power, in the world material and manufacturing, they sink into utter insignificance--for magnitude, they are as Highgate Hill to sky-enveloped Chimborazo of eternal snow--in comparison with that crowding crush, that prodigious overflow, of charlatanic genius, in the world physical and spiritual, which blocks up every highway and byway, swarms in every circle, roars in every market-place, or thunders in each senate of the realm.