Scribblings on the Margins

Short notes and quotes that otherwise might have fallen by the wayside. Your tumbling guide is Andreas Jungherr.
"Quite an original:" A phrase, we fancy, rather oftener used by the young, or the unlearned, or the untraveled, than by the old, or the well-read, or the man who has made the grand tour. Certainly, the sense of originality exists at its highest in an infant, and probably at its lowest in him who has completed the circle of the sciences. Herman Melville: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade - Chapter 44