|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1763.|
Every investigation which is guided by principles of nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach.Athenæus: Book vii. chap. ii. [back]
From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswells intention to write a life of him, announced, with decision enough, that if he thought Boswell really meant to write his life he would prevent it by taking Boswells!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]