I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and consolidates society.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Tour of the Hebrides, Nov. 21, 1773 entry (1785).
Boswell noted that Johnson's remark would be "a valuable text for many decent old dowagers, and other good company, in various circles, to descant upon.")