Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


No one knows better than myself, after all my association with artists of sculpture and painting, how truly my art comprehends all the others, and surpasses them in so far as the study of mind is more than matter. Victor Hugo makes one of his heroines, an actress, say: “My art endows me with a searching eye, a knowledge of the soul and the soul’s workings, and spite of all your skill, I read you to the depths.” This a truth more or less powerful as one is more of less gifted by the good God.
Charlotte Cushman.—Extract from a letter to Miss Elizabeth Peabody, of Boston.