With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.
It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician demonstrative proofs.
And, generally speaking, all things are good which men deliberately choose to do.
By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents.
History describes what has happened, poetry what might. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and serious than history; for poetry speaks of what is universal, history of what is particular.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.