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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1195
AUTHOR: Samuel Johnson (1709–84)
QUOTATION: The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity…. The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
ATTRIBUTION: SAMUEL JOHNSON, The Rambler, no. 2, March 24, 1750.—The Rambler; A Periodical Paper, Published in 1750, 1751, 1752, p. 3 (1825).