Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Wit being an unexpected copulation of ideas, the discovery of some occult relation between images in appearance remote from each other; an effusion of wit, therefore, presupposes an accumulation of knowledge; a memory stored with notions, which the imagination may well cull out to compose new assemblages. Whatever may be the native vigor of the mind, she can never form many combinations from few ideas; as many changes can never be rung upon few bells.

Now, it is common to find men break out into a rage at any insinuations to the disadvantage of their wit, who have borne with great patience reflections on their morals."

Samuel Johnson - photo by Marina Cano

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