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Virtue and Vice
Mr. Andrew Millar, a bookseller in the Strand, took the principal
charge of conducting the publication of Johnson's Dictionary...
When the messenger who carried the last sheet to Millar returned,
Johnson asked him, "Well, what did he say?" -- "Sir, (answered
the messenger) he said, thank GOD I have done with
him." "I am glad (replied Johnson, with a smile,) that he thanks
GOD for any thing."
1,246. Gratitude; Happiness
"The good of our present state is merely comparative, and the
evil which every man feels will be sufficient to disturb and
harass him if he does not know how much he escapes."
Johnson: Rambler #150 (August 24, 1751)