Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.1
Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
Note 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]