Love Letters

“Two strange facts I discovered in this phase of my investigations:

First, that with a few exceptions, geniuses like Beethoven, conquerors like Napoleon, and great creative scientists like Michael Faraday all say pretty much the same romantic, grandiloquent, and sometimes incoherent things when they sit down to write love letters.

Second, that in Venezuela the post office permits love letters to go through the mails at half rate, provided they are sent in bright red envelopes.”

– M. Lincoln Schuster, in the Introduction to his anthology, The World’s Great Letters

He opens the Introduction with,

“Letters make the most interesting reading in the world– especially other people’s.”


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