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| Merit alone should constitute the one title
to eminence, and we Americans can afford to look down and spit upon miserable
- Interview, Dec. 1889
I am prouder to have climbed up to where I am just by sheer natural merit than I would be to ride the very sun in the zenith and have to reflect that I was nothing but a poor little accident, and got shot up there out of somebody else's catapult. To me, merit is everything--in fact, the only thing. All else is dross.
- Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
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