642 – “To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. Judged by the standards of one century, the noblest characters of an earlier on lose much of their lustre; judged by the standards of today, there is probably no illustrious man of four or five centuries ago whose character could meet the test at all points.”
Quote Number: 745
Source: Twain, Mark. Personal recollections of Joan of Arc. Harper & Borthers: New York. 1899. Pg xi. Online Here.