What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man!-To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!
Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)
Source: On Boswell's Life of Johnson (Croker's ed.). 1831. (From His Essays.)