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