There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappearthe city of London and the South Seas.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The South Seas" (1858-59), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).
I had said to Mrs. Boscawen at table, "I believe this is about as much as can be made of life." I was really happy. My gay ideas of London in youth were realized and consolidated.
(James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Laird of Auchinleck, journal, April 20, 1781, p. 328, McGraw-Hill (1977).
Said at dinner in Mrs. Garrick's house, in the company of Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Dr. Charles Burney, and other friends.)