Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Addicted to complaint

If we apply to authors themselves for an account of their state, it will appear very little to deserve envy; for they have in all ages been addicted to complaint. The neglect of learning, the ingratitude of the present age, and the absurd preference by which ignorance and dulness often obtain favour and rewards, have been from age to age topicks of invective; and few have left their names to posterity, without some appeal to future candour from the perverseness and malice of their own times. -- Samuel Johnson, Adventurer, March 2, 1754

1 comment:

RH said...


Love it. Thanks for the perspective!