"A man endowed with this faculty, feels and acknowledges the truth, though it is not always in his power, perhaps, to give a reason for it; because he cannot recollect and bring present before him all the materials that gave birth to his opinion; for very many and very intricate considerations, may unite to form the principle, even of small and minute parts, involved in, or dependent on, a great system of things: but the right impression still remain fixed in his mind.
— Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)
Text from A Discourse Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 11, 1786, by the President. (London: Printed by Thomas Cadell, 1787). <Link to ECCO>