"And those men who are inventors and interpreters between Nature and man,
as compared with boasters and declaimers of the works of others, must be
regarded and not otherwise esteemed than as the object in front of a
mirror, when compared with its image seen in the mirror. For the first is
something in itself, and the other nothingness -- Folks little indebted
to Nature, since it is only by chance that they wear the human form and
without it I might class them with the herd of beasts."