He left the name at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.
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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.
For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 362.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.
He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
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