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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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All power of fancy over reason is a degree of madness.
      - [Madness]

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united by canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of a pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.
      - [Perseverance]

All to whom want is terrible, upon whatever principle, ought to think themselves obliged to learn the sage maxims of our parsimonious ancestors, and attain the salutary arts of contracting expense; for without economy none can be rich, and with it few can be poor.
      - [Economy]

All truth is valuable, and satirical criticism may be considered as useful when it rectifies error and improves judgment; he that refines the public taste is a public benefactor.
      - [Criticism]

All unnecessary vows are folly, because they suppose a prescience of the future, which has not been given us.
      - [Vows]

All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
      - [Ignorance : Wonder]

Allegories drawn to great length will always break.
      - [Allegories]

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
      - [Absurdity]

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
      - [Affectation]

Among many parallels which men of imagination have drawn between the natural and moral state of the world, it has been observed that happiness as well as virtue consists in mediocrity.
      - [Mediocrity]

Among the numerous stratagems by which pride endeavors to recommend folly to regard, there is scarcely one that meets with less success than affectation, or a perpetual disguise of the real character by fictitious appearances.
      - [Affectation]

An epithet or metaphor drawn from nature ennobles art; an epithet or metaphor drawn from art degrades nature.
      - [Metaphors]

An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty.
      - [Cruelty]

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.
      - [Injustice]

Ancient travelers guessed; modern travelers measure.
      - [Travel]

Any of us would kill a cow rather than not have beef.
      - [Hunger]

Art and nature have stores inexhaustible by human intellects; and every moment produces something new to him who has quickened his faculties by diligent observation.
      - [Art : Nature]

As adversity leads us to think properly of our state, it is most beneficial to us.
      - [Adversity]

As all error is meanness, it is incumbent on every man who consults his own dignity, to retract it as soon as he discovers it.
      - [Error]

As every one is pleased with imagining that he knows something not yet commonly divulged, secret history easily gains credit; but it is for the most part believed only while it circulates in whispers, and when once it is openly told, is openly refuted.
      - [Scandal]

As he that lives longest lives but a little while, every man may be certain that he has no time to waste. The duties of life are commensurate to its duration; and every day brings its task, which, if neglected, is doubled on the morrow.
      - [Diligence]

As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.
      - [Goodness]

As love without esteem is volatile and capricious; so esteem without love is languid and cold.
      - [Esteem]

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
      - [Idleness : Peace]

As the greatest liar tells more truths than falsehoods, so may it be said of the worst man, that he does more good than evil.
      - [Goodness]

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