There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.1
Life of Johnson (Boswell).2Vol. vi. Chap. iii. 1776.
Note 1. Whoeer has travelld lifes dull round, Whereer his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest welcome at an inn. William Shenstone: Written on a Window of an Inn. [back]
Note 2. 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]