Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
That saw the manners in the face.
Source: Lines on the Death of Hogarth.
Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Source: J. Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1784.
Sir, your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Vol. iii. Chap. iv.
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new.
Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know That life protracted is protracted woe.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 257.
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