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It is the nature of men having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue doth always consist in the mean.

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Walter Alexander Raleigh, 1861 - 1922. One of the most highly regarded of literary critics in England at the turn of the century, he was also a novelist, essayist, and biographer. At the time of his death, he was the Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford, and was engaged in research for the second volume of the official history of the Royal Air Force.

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