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February 7, 2007

TT: Almanac

“Life admits not of delays; when pleasure can be had, it is fit to catch it: Every hour takes away part of the things that please us, and perhaps part of our disposition to be pleased. When I came to Lichfield, I found my old friend Harry Jackson dead. It was a loss, and a loss not to be repaired, as he was one of the companions of my childhood. I hope we may long continue to gain friends; but the friends which merit or usefulness can procure us, are not able to supply the place of old acquaintance, with whom the days of youth may be retraced, and those images revived which gave the earliest delight.”

Samuel Johnson, letter to Boswell, Sept. 1, 1777 (courtesy of Anecdotal Evidence)

Posted February 7, 2007 12:00 PM

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