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I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.

 
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Daniel Defoe, ~1659-1731, British Journalist & Writer, Robinson Crusoe

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Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
  • Born: September 13, 1660
  • Died: April 24, 1731
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Writer, Journalist

Daniel Defoe, born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. He has been seen as one of the earliest proponents of the English novel, and helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including a spell in prison. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him.

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