|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. (17081778) (continued)|
| 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.|
| We have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminian clergy.|
| Priors Life of Burke (1790).|
|Samuel Johnson. (17091784)|
| Let observation with extensive view|
Survey mankind, from China to Peru. 1
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.|
| There mark what ills the scholars life assail,|
Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 159.|
| He left the name at which the world grew pale,|
To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.|
| Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know|
That life protracted is protracted woe.
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 257.|
| An age that melts in unperceivd decay,|
And glides in modest innocence away.
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 293.|
| Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.|
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 308.|
| Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!|
From Marlbroughs eyes the streams of dotage flow,
And Swift expires, a drivler and a show.
| Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 316.|
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]