Johnson, in 1763, speaking to Boswell about the latter’s confessing to putting in his journal “too many little incidents.”
There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
(Back home and back to Boswell’s Life of Johnson, after two weeks in some of the great libraries of the UK. Samuel Johnson in the year 1763:
“Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to attain it.”