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Samuel Johnson
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One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. Samuel Johnson
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Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed. Samuel Johnson
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Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent. Samuel Johnson
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Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions. Samuel Johnson
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The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery. Samuel Johnson
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I will be conquered; I will not capitulate. Samuel Johnson
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No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. Samuel Johnson
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I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just. Samuel Johnson
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It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see. Samuel Johnson
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In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. Samuel Johnson
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The chief glory of every people arises from its authors. Samuel Johnson
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All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil. Samuel Johnson
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Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity. Samuel Johnson
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Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature. Samuel Johnson
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The pleasure of expecting enjoyment is often greater than that of obtaining it, and the completion of almost every wish is found a disappointment. Samuel Johnson
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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. Samuel Johnson
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There are in every age new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed. Samuel Johnson
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Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. Samuel Johnson
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In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge. Samuel Johnson
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Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last. Samuel Johnson
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The fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptation, can at best be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which therefore the true value cannot be assigned. Samuel Johnson
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Care that is once enter'd into the breast Will have the whole possession ere it rest. Samuel Johnson
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Oratory is the power of beating down your adversary's arguments and putting better in their place. Samuel Johnson
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Wheresoe'er I turn my view, All is strange, yet nothing new: Endless labor all along, Endless labor to be wrong: Phrase that Time has flung away; Uncouth words in disarray, Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet, Ode, and elegy, and sonnet. Samuel Johnson
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He that shall peruse the political pamphlets of any past reign will wonder why they were so eagerly read, or so loudly praised. Samuel Johnson
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Suspicion is very often a useless pain. Samuel Johnson
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No man sympathizes with the sorrows of vanity. Samuel Johnson
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To purchase Heaven has gold the power? Can gold remove the mortal hour? In life can love be bought with gold? Are friendship's pleasures to be sold? No-all that's worth a wish-a thought, Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought. Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind, Let nobler views engage thy mind. Samuel Johnson
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Fate wings, with every wish, the afflictive dart, Each gift of nature, and each grace of art. Samuel Johnson
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Wit is that which has been often thought, but never before was well expressed. Samuel Johnson
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Words become low by the occasions to which they are applied, or the general character of them who use them; and the disgust which they produce arises from the revival of those images with which they are commonly united. Samuel Johnson
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Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious. Samuel Johnson
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None but a fool worries about things he cannot influence. Samuel Johnson
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A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. Samuel Johnson
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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. Samuel Johnson
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That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm, quiet interchange of sentiments.... Samuel Johnson
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Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him. Samuel Johnson
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A man is not obliged honestly to answer a question which should not properly be put. Samuel Johnson
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Each change of many-colour'd life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new. Samuel Johnson
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From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,- Path, motive, guide, original, and end. Samuel Johnson
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The complaint, therefore, that all topicks are preoccupied, is nothing more than the murmur of ignorance or idleness, by which some discourage others, and some themselves; the mutability of mankind will always furnish writers with new images, and the luxuriance of fancy may always embellish them with new decorations. Samuel Johnson
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Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. Samuel Johnson
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The mischief of flattery is, not that it persuades any man that he is what he is not, but that it suppresses the influence of honest ambition, by raising an opinion that honour may be gained without the toil of merit. Samuel Johnson
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Men who stand in the highest ranks of society seldom hear of their faults; if by any accident an opprobrious clamour reaches their ears, flattery is always at hand to pour in her opiates, to quiet conviction and obtund remorse. Samuel Johnson
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Curiosity, like all other desires, produces pain as well as pleasure. Samuel Johnson
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That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem. Samuel Johnson
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If we will have the kindness of others, we must endure their follies. Samuel Johnson
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To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and the happy. Samuel Johnson
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To be of no church is dangerous. Religion, of which the rewards are distant, and which is animated only by Faith and Hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind, unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship, and the salutary influence of example. Samuel Johnson
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He that embarks in the voyage of life will always wish to advance, rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many founder in their passage while they lie waiting for the gale. Samuel Johnson
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This mournful truth is everywhere confess'd, Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd. Samuel Johnson
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Wheresoe'er I turn my view, All is strange, yet nothing new: Endless labor all along, Endless labor to be wrong: Phrase that Time has flung away; Uncouth words in disarray, Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet, Ode, and elegy, and sonnet. Samuel Johnson
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Still we love The evil we do, until we suffer it. Samuel Johnson
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Men are like stone jugs, - you may lug them where you like by the ears. Samuel Johnson
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Yet still he fills affection's eye, Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind. Samuel Johnson
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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
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To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. Samuel Johnson
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Too much nicety of detail disgusts the greatest part of readers, and to throw a multitude of particulars under general heads, and lay down rules of extensive comprehension, is to common understandings of little use. Samuel Johnson
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No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library; for who can see the wall crowded on every side by mighty volumes, the works of laborious meditations and accurate inquiry, now scarcely known but by the catalogue... Samuel Johnson
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I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. Samuel Johnson
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Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content. No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of the spring: no man can, at the same time, fill his cup from the source and from the mouth of the Nile. Samuel Johnson
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My dear friend, clear your mind of can't. Samuel Johnson
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Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler. Samuel Johnson
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I believe marriages would in general be as happy, and often more so, if they were all made by the lord chancellor, upon a due consideration of the characters and circumstances, without the parties having any choice in the matter. Samuel Johnson
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Want of tenderness is want of parts, and is no less a proof of stupidity than depravity. Samuel Johnson
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In solitude we have our dreams to ourselves, and in company we agree to dream in concert. Samuel Johnson
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In all pleasures hope is a considerable part. Samuel Johnson
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Then with no throbs of fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way. Samuel Johnson
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I never have sought the world; the world was not to seek me. Samuel Johnson
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How small of all that human hearts endure/That part which laws or kings can cause or cure. Samuel Johnson
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