I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
— Samuel Johnson

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
Mao Zedong essays quote

The bank mania is one of the most threatening of these imitations. It is raising up a monied aristocracy in our country which has already set the government at defiance, and although forced at length to yield a little on this first essay of their strength, their principles are unyielded and unyielding.
— Thomas Jefferson

I trust that a graduate student some day will write a doctoral essay on the influence of the Munich analogy on the subsequent history of the twentieth century. Perhaps in the end he will conclude that the multitude of errors committed in the name of Munich may exceed the original error of 1938.
— Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
— essays quotation by Virginia Woolf