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"I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.
I don't think I ever got angry at anything else in my life. . . I could not sleep, though I often tried to, when I got on such a hunt after an idea, until I had caught it; and when I thought I had got it, I was not satisfied until I had repeated it over and over, until I had put it in language plain enough, as I thought, for any boy I knew to comprehend.
This was a kind of passion with me, and it has stuck by me; for I am never easy now, when I am handling a thought, till I have bounded it north, and bounded it south, and bounded it east and bounded it west. . ."
Conversation with Rev. John Gulliver,
March 9, 1860