From Lamb and Hazlitt: Further Letters and Records Hitherto Unpublished, edited by William Carew Hazlitt
"I write more easily than I did. I hope for good. I have ventured to look at high things. I have toiled long & painfully to attain some stand of eminence. It were hard to be thrown back from mid-way of the steep to the lowest humiliation. I must conclude."
From a letter of William Hazlitt, to his father, Oct. 23rd. 1793