No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Contributed by: Zaady
He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix.
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.
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