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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4064
AUTHOR:Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
QUOTATION: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
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. vi. Chap. iii. 1776.
 
Note 1.
Whoe’er has travell’d life’s dull round,
Where’er 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 Boswell’s 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 Boswell’s!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]
 

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