Samuel Johnson - Proverb - Aphra Behn - William Cowper - John Dryden - Thomas Hardy -
71,831. The great source of pleasure is variety. Uniformity must tire at last, though it be uniformity of excellence. We love to expect; and, when expectation is disappointed or gratified we want to be again expecting. (Pleasure & Variety & Expectation) Samuel Johnson, Lives of the English Poets
56,888. Variety is the spice of life. (Proverb & Variety) Late 18th century proverb
92,573. Variety is the soul of pleasure. Aphra Behn, The Rover pt.2, 1681
92,574. Variety’s the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour. William Cowper, The Task
92,575. A man so various that he seemed to be
Not one, but all mankind’s epitome.
Still in opinions, always in the wrong;
Was everything by starts, and nothing long.
But, in the course of one revolving moon:
Was chemist, fiddler, statesman and buffoon. John Dryden 1631-1700, Absalom and Achitophel
95,264. He had been disintegrated into a number of varied fellow-creatures – beings of many minds, being infinite in difference; some happy, many serene, a few depressed, one here and there bright even to genius, some stupid, others wanton, others austere: some mutely Miltonic, some potentially Cromwellian. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles