Quotes on Acclimatization
The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page
Home | Topical Guide | Search the Site


Other related topics at:
All In Your Mind

48. Acclimitization; Weather
It was a very wet day, and I again complained of the disagreeable effects of such weather. Johnson: "Sir, this is all imagination, which physicians encourage; for man lives in air, as a fish lives in water, so that if the atmosphere press heavy from above, there is an equal resistance from below. To be sure, weather is hard upon people who are obliged to go abroad; and men cannot labour so well in the open air in bad weather, as in good: but, Sir, a smith or taylor, whose work is done within doors, will surely do as much in rainy weather, as in fair. Some very delicate frames, indeed, may be affected by wet weather; but not common constitutions."
Boswell: Life

162. Acclimitization
I pitied a friend before him, who had a whining wife that found every thing painful to her, and nothing pleasing -- "He does not know that she whimpers (says Johnson); when a door has creaked for a fortnight together, you may observe -- the master will scarcely give sixpence to get it oiled."
Piozzi: Anecdotes

667. Acclimitization; Weather
"Surely nothing is more reproachful to a being endowed with reason, than to resign its powers to the influence of the air, and live in dependence on the weather and the wind, for the only blessings which nature has put into our power, tranquillity and benevolence. To look up to the sky for the nutriment of our bodies, is the condition of nature; to call upon the sun for peace and gaiety, or deprecate the clouds lest sorrow should overwhelm us, is the cowardice of idleness, and the idolatry of folly."
Johnson: Idler #11 (June 24, 1758)

1,032. Acclimitization; Diligence
"Dependence of the soul upon the seasons, those temporary and periodical ebbs and flows of intellect, may, I suppose, be justly derided as the fumes of vain imagination. ... While this notion has possession of the head, it produces the inability which it supposes. Our powers owe much of their energy to our hopes. When success is attainable, diligence is enforced; but when it is admitted that the faculties are suppressed by a cross wind or a cloudy sky the day is given up without resistance; for who can contend with the course of Nature?"
Johnson: Milton (Lives of the Poets)

The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page
Back to Top
Home | Topical Guide | Search the SiteThis image is only to register visitors
who come through cached search engine pages.