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William Lyons Phelps, American educator and literary critic, quoted in Bits & Pieces, June 22, 1995, p. 17.

We are all so vain that we love to have our names remembered by those who have met us but once. We exaggerate the talents and virtues of those who can do this and we are ready to repay their powers with lifelong devotion. The ability to associate in the mind names and faces is a tremendous asset to a politician and it will prolong the pastorate of any clergyman.