Edward Bates

“ [Mr. Bates comments on the description of Robespierre in History of the French Revolution by M. J. L. Adolphe Thiers]
He was a living proof that[,] in civil troubles, obstinate mediocrity is more powerful than the irregularity of genius. It is not only in civil troubles but in all the affairs of life, that obstinate mediocrity triumphs over irregular genius, and enjoys the fruits of victory.
The Diary of Edward Bates, Entry for March 7, 1865, Edited by Howard K. Beale

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