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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1167
AUTHOR: Samuel Johnson (1709–84)
QUOTATION: A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died: Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience.
ATTRIBUTION: SAMUEL JOHNSON.—James Boswell, Boswell’s Life of Johnson, ed. George B. Hill, rev. and enl. ed., ed. L. F. Powell, entry for 1770, vol. 2, p. 128 (1934).
SUBJECTS: Marriage