|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||Let observation with extensive view|
Survey mankind, from China to Peru. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.|
All human race, from China to Peru,
Pleasure, howeer disguised by art, pursue.
Thomas Warton: Universal Love of Pleasure.
De Quincey (Works, vol. x. p. 72) quotes the criticism of some writer, who contends with some reason that this high-sounding couplet of Dr. Johnson amounts in effect to this: Let observation with extensive observation observe mankind extensively. [back]