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A pleasant comedy, which paints the manners of the age, and exposes a faithful picture of nature, is a durable work, and is transmitted to the latest posterity. But a system, whether physical or metaphysical, commonly owes its success to its novelty; and is no sooner canvassed with impartiality than its weakness is discovered.
-David Hume, The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, vol. 6, p. 153, Indianapolis (1983)