(18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784)
"The true art of memory is the art of attention." "No man will read with much advantage, who is not able, at pleasure, to evacuate his mind, or who brings not to his author an intellect defecated and pure, neither turbid with care, nor agitated by pleasure. If the repositories of thought are already full, what can they receive? If the mind is employed on the past or future, the book will be held before the eyes in vain."
Johnson: Idler #74 (September 15, 1759)