Samuel Johnson Quote

The imaginations excited by the view of an unknown and untravelled wilderness are not such as arise in the artificial solitude of parks and gardens... The phantoms which haunt a desert are want, and misery, and danger; the evils of dereliction rush upon the thoughts; man is made unwillingly acquainted with his own weakness, and meditation shows him only how little he can sustain, and how little he can perform.


A journey to the western islands of Scotland [by S. Johnson]. (ed. 1791)

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The imaginations excited by the view of an unknown and untravelled wilderness are not such as arise in the artificial solitude of parks and...

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The imaginations excited by the view of an unknown and untravelled wilderness are not such as arise in the artificial solitude of parks and...

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The imaginations excited by the view of an unknown and untravelled wilderness are not such as arise in the artificial solitude of parks and...

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The imaginations excited by the view of an unknown and untravelled wilderness are not such as arise in the artificial solitude of parks and...