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Said the Australian, overpraising himself and his opponent: 'We were both pretty ordinary at the start.
I know there is a danger in overpraising a book, a risk in raising expectations beyond a point where they can possibly be fulfilled, but I do not hesitate in predicting future centuries will cherish these superb memoirs among the essential works, the "musts," the required reading for our descendants, at least for those of them who would pass as literate.
Overpraising actually diminishes the child's effort by giving an unrealistic view of his or her own efforts.