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533. Hope; Imagination; Pleasure
"The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope."
Johnson: Rambler #2 (March 24, 1750)

609. Contemplation; Imagination; Futurity; Memory

"It is ... much more common for the solitary and thoughtful to amuse themselves with schemes of the future, than reviews of the past. For the future is pliant and ductile, and will be easily moulded by a strong fancy into any form. But the images which memory presents are of a stubborn and untractable nature, the objects of remembrance have already existed, and left their signature behind them impressed upon the mind, so as to defy all attempts of erasure or of change.

"As the satisfactions, therefore, arising from memory are less arbitrary, they are more solid, and are, indeed, the only joys which we can call our own."
Johnson: Rambler #41 (August 7, 1750)

1,046. Accuracy; Imagination; Painting
"To paint things as they are requires a minute attention, and employs the memory rather than the fancy."
Johnson: Milton (Lives of the Poets)

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