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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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In his comic scenes, Shakespeare seems to produce, without labor, what no labor can improve.
      - [Shakespeare]

In matters of business, no woman stops at integrity.
      - [Women]

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it; for no species of falsehood is more frequent than flattery, to which the coward is betrayed by fear, the dependent by interest, and the friend by tenderness. Those who are neither servile nor timorous are yet desirous to bestow pleasure; and while unjust demands of praise continue to be made, there will always be some whom hope, fear, or kindness will dispose to pay them.
      - [Flattery]

In proportion as our cares are employed upon the future, they are abstracted from the present, from the only time which we can call our own, and of which, if we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose.
      - [Anticipation]

In so far as you approach temptation to a man, you do him an injury; and if he is overcome, you share his guilt.
      - [Temptation]

In sovereignty there are no gradations.
      - [Monarchy]

In such a government as ours no man is appointed to an office because he is the fittest for it--nor hardly in any other government--because there are so many connections and dependencies to be studied.
      - [Politics]

In the bottle discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence.
      - [Intemperance]

In the condition of men, it frequently happens that grief and anxiety lie hid under the golden robes of prosperity; and the gloom of calamity is cheered by secret radiations of hope and comfort; as in the works of nature, the bog is sometimes covered with flowers, and the mine concealed in the barren crags.
      - [Appearance]

In the motive lies the good or ill.
      - [Motive]

In traveling a man must bring knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
      - [Traveling]

Indolence is the devil's cushion.
      - [Indolence]

Instead of rating the man by his performances, we rate too frequently the performances by the man.
      - [Performance]

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
      - [Integrity]

Irresolution and mutability are often the faults of men whose views are wide, and whose imagination is vigorous and excursive.
      - [Irresolution]

It has been well observed that the misery of man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexations continually repeated.
      - [Trifles]

It is a maxim that no man was ever enslaved by influence while he was fit to be free.
      - [Ingratitude]

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
      - [Deeds]

It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as raised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of the room it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up it must be struck at both ends.
      - [Critics]

It is almost always the unhappiness of a victorious disputant to destroy his own authority by claiming too many consequences, or diffusing his proposition to an indefensible extent.
      - [Controversy]

It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
      - [Silence]

It is better a man should be abused than forgotten.
      - [Abuse]

It is better to live rich than to die rich.
      - [Riches]

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
      - [Wrong]

It is easy for a man who sits idle at home, and has nobody to please but himself, to ridicule or censure the common practices of mankind.
      - [Ridicule]


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