Thursday, May 20, 2010

Daily Dose

From Selected Writings of Samuel Johnson: A Tercentenary Celebration, edited by Peter Martin


"It is difficult to enumerate the several motives which procure to books the honour of perusal: spite, vanity, and curiosity, hope and fear, love and hatred, every passion which incites to any other action, serves at one time or other to stimulate a reader."

From Adventurer no. 137, February 26, 1754: The usefulness of an author

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