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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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Genius now and then produces a lucky trifle. We still read the Dove of Anacreon, and Sparrow of Catullus; and a writer naturally pleases himself with a performance which owes nothing to the subject.
      - [Authorship]

Genius, that power which constitutes a poet; that quality without which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy which collects, combines, amplifies and animates.
      - [Genius]

Get together a hundred or two men, however sensible they may be, and you are very likely to have a mob.
      - [Mob]

Glory, the casual gift of thoughtless crowds!
  Glory, the bribe of avaricious virtue!
      - [Glory]

Good breeding consists in having no particular mark of any profession, but a general elegance of manners.
      - [Manners]

Good-humor is a state between gayety and unconcern,--the act or emanation of a mind at leisure to regard the gratification of another.
      - [Good Humor]

Governors being accustomed to hear of more crimes than they can punish, and more wrongs than they can redress, set themselves at ease by indiscriminate negligence, and presently forget the request when they lose sight of the petitioner.
      - [Crime]

Gratitude is a species of justice.
      - [Gratitude]

Gratitude is the fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
      - [Gratitude]

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.
      - [Perseverance]

Greece appears to be the fountain of knowledge; Rome of elegance.
      - [Culture]

Grief has its time.
      - [Grief]

Grief is a species of idleness.
      - [Grief]

Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying.
      - [Guilt]

Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
      - [Guilt]

He does nothing who endeavors to do more than is allowed to humanity.
      - [Excess]

He left a name at which the world grew pale,
  To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
      - [Fame]

He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind.
      - [Apothegms]

He only confers favors generously who appears, when they are once conferred, to remember them no more.
      - [Favors]

He seldom lives frugally who lives by chance. Hope is always liberal, and they that trust her promises make littler scruple of revelling to-day on the profits of to-morrow.
      - [Frugality]

He that applauds him who does not deserve praise, is endeavoring to deceive the public; he that hisses in malice or sport, is an oppressor and a robber.
      - [Applause]

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.
      - [Idleness]

He that has once concluded it lawful to resist power, when it wants merit, will soon find a want of merit, to justify his resistance to power.
      - [Power]

He that is much flattered soon learns to flatter himself.
      - [Flattery]

He that is pushing his predecessors into the gulf of obscurity, cannot but sometimes suspect, that he must himself sink in like manner, and, as he stands upon the same precipice, be swept away with the same violence.
      - [Fame]

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