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SAMUEL JOHNSON (A/K/A DR. JOHNSON) ("THE GREAT CHAM OF LITERATURE")
English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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He that never thinks new can be wise.
      - [Thought]

He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.
      - [Reading]

He that resigns his peace to little casualties, and suffers the course of his life to be interrupted for fortuitous inadvertencies or offences, delivers up himself to the direction of the wind, and loses all that constancy and equanimity which constitutes the chief praise of a wise man.
      - [Trifles]

He that shall peruse the political pamphlets of any past reign will wonder why they were so eagerly read, or so loudly praised.
      - [Politics]

He that voluntarily continues in ignorance, is guilty of all the crimes which ignorance produces.
      - [Ignorance]

He that would travel for the entertainment of others should remember that the great object of remark is human life.
      - [Travel]

He was dull in a new way, and that made many think him great.
      - [Dullness]

He who endeavors to please must appear pleased.
      - [Pleasing]

He who is extravagant will quickly become poor; and poverty will enforce dependence, and invite corruption.
      - [Extravagance]

He who loves not his country can love nothing.
      - [Love of Country]

He who praises everybody praises nobody.
      - [Praise]

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
      - [Procrastination]

He who would govern his actions by the laws of virtue must regulate his thoughts by those of reason.
      - [Thought]

He who would have fine guests, let him have a fine wife.
      - [Wives]

He who writes much will not easily escape a manner, such a recurrence of particular modes as may be easily noted.
      - [Writing]

He [Milton] was a Phidias that could cut a Colossus out of a rock, but could not cut heads out of cherry stones.
      - according to Hannah More [Authorship]

Health is certainly more valuable than money; because it is by health that money is procured; but thousands and millions are of small avail to alleviate the protracted tortures of the gout, to repair the broken organs of sense, or resuscitate the powers of digestion. Poverty is, indeed, an evil from which we naturally fly, but let us not run from one enemy to another, nor take shelter in the arms of sickness.
      - [Health]

Health is so necessary to all the duties as well as pleasures of life that the crime of squandering it is equal to the folly.
      - [Health]

Here let those reign, whom pensions can incite,
  To vote a patriot black, a courtier white,
    Explain their country's dear-bought rights away
      And plead for pirates in the face of day.
      - [Corruption]

Here malice, rapine, accident, conspire,
  And now a rabble rages, now a fire;
    Their ambush here relentless ruffians lay
      And here the fell attorney prowls for prey;
        Here falling houses thunder on your head,
          And here a female atheist talks you dead.
      - [London]

Here the fell attorney prowls for prey.
      - [Lawyers]

History can be formed from permanent monuments and records; but lives can only be written from personal knowledge, which is growing every day less, and in a short time is lost forever.
      - [Biography]

Hope is an amusement rather than a good, and adapted to none but very tranquil minds.
      - [Hope]

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
      - [Hope]

How few of his friends' houses would a man choose to be at when he is sick.
      - [Friends]


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