"All great excellence in life or art..."

"All great excellence in life or art, at its first recognition, brings with it a certain pain, arising from the strongly felt inferiority of the spectator. Only at a later period, when we take it into our own culture, and appropriate as much of it as our capacities allow, do we learn to love and esteem it."

Goethe, ed. John Stuart Blackie. The Wisdom of Goethe. W. Blackwood, 1883. 113.