Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise! From Marlbrough's eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires, a driv'ler and a show.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 316.
Contributed by: Zaady
A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
The expense is damnable, the position is ridiculous, and the pleasure fleeting.
Then with no throbs of fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way.
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza 9.
His death eclipsed the gayety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.
Source: Life of Edmund Smith (alluding to the death of Garrick).
Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.
Source: Line added to Goldsmith's Deserted Village.
Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.
Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786
Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xvi.
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