I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix.
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In misery's darkest cavern known, His useful care was ever nigh Where hopeless anguish pour'd his groan, And lonely want retir'd to die.
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza ?.
Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.
Source: Life of Milton.
He left the name at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.
I never take a nap after dinner but when I have had a bad night; and then the nap takes me.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.
Learn that the present hour alone is man's.
Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 308.
It is worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things.
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