John Ruskin Quote
For this dead Venice once taught us to be merchants, sailors and gentlemen; and this dying England taught the Americans all they have of speech, or thought, hitherto. What thoughts they have not learned from England are foolish thoughts; what words they have not learned from England, unseemly words; the vile among them not being able even to be humorous parrots, but only obscene mocking birds.
Fors Clavigera,, letter xlii, (1 June 1874; quoted by William Archer in America To-Day). - Fors Clavigera (1871-1878 and 1880-1884)