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The most civilized people are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel is to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy. - Antoine de Rivarol, 1753 - 1801

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I use parts of this site so constantly that I work around some problems without even noticing them. Goaded by a reader's comments, I have just overhauled the main search page — I think you'll find it much easier to use, particularly for searches on author names.

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