Gretchen Rubin

How to End This Sentence? “There Is Certainly No Greater Happiness Than To…”

How to End This Sentence? “There Is Certainly No Greater Happiness Than To…”

How would you end that sentence? Here's how Dr. Johnson completed it:

"There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens that excite neither shame nor sorrow."

--Samuel Johnson, "Rambler No. 41," August 7, 1750

I love the work of Samuel Johnson. I was looking back through the draft of Better Than Before, my book about habit change, and I realized that I'd quoted him several times -- and I cut out several more quotations, as well. (To pre-order Better Than Before, click here.)

What authors do you find yourself quoting most often?

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