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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)
    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.
          Prior’s Life of Burke (1790).
Samuel Johnson. (1709–1784)
    Let observation with extensive view
Survey mankind, from China to Peru. 1
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
    There mark what ills the scholar’s 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 unperceiv’d 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 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]