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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. (1708–1778) (continued)
 
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    The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,—but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
          Speech on the Excise Bill.
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    We have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminian clergy.
          Prior’s Life of Burke (1790).
 
Samuel Johnson. (1709–1784)
 
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    Let observation with extensive view
Survey mankind, from China to Peru. 1
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
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    There mark what ills the scholar’s life assail,—
Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 159.
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    He left the name at which the world grew pale,
To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.
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    Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know
That life protracted is protracted woe.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 257.
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    An age that melts in unperceiv’d decay,
And glides in modest innocence away.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 293.
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    Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 308.
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    Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!
From Marlb’rough’s eyes the streams of dotage flow,
And Swift expires, a driv’ler and a show.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 316.
 
Note 1.
All human race, from China to Peru,
Pleasure, howe’er 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]
 

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