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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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It was the maxim, I think, of Alphonsus of Aragon, that dead counsellors are safest. The grave puts an end to flattery and artifice, and the information we receive from books is pure from interest, fear, and ambition. Dead counsellors are likewise most instructive, because they are heard with patience and with reverence.
      - [Advice]

Judgment is forced upon us by experience.
      - [Judgment]

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
      - [Flattery]

Justice is indispensably and universally necessary, and what is necessary must always be limited, uniform, and distinct.
      - [Justice]

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
      - [Kindness]

Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterwards propagate itself.
      - [Knowledge]

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
      - [Language]

Language is the dress of thought.
      - [Language]

Languages are the pedigree of nations.
      - [Language]

Large offers and sturdy rejections are among the most common topics of falsehood.
      - [Falsehood]

Leave to Heaven the measure and the choice.
      - [Resignation]

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
      - [Knowledge]

Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.
      - [Friends]

Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish.
      - [Repentance]

Levellers wish to level down as far as themselves, but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves. They would all have some people under them; why not then have some people above them?
      - [Communism]

Liberty is the parent of truth, but truth and decency are sometimes at variance. All men and all propositions are to be treated here as they deserve, and there are many who have no claim either to respect or decency.
      - [Truth]

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
      - [Success]

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
      - [Reciprocity]

Life consists not of a series of illustrious actions or elegant enjoyments. The greater part of our time passes in compliance with necessities, in the performance of daily duties, in the removal of small inconveniences, in the procurement of petty pleasures; and we are well or ill at ease, as the main stream of life glides on smoothly, or is ruffled by small obstacles and frequent interruption.
      - [Life]

Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship.
      - [Friendship]

Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.
      - [Life]

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
      - [Life]

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
      - [Life]

Life is short. The sooner that a man begins to enjoy his wealth the better.
      - [Wealth]

Life, however short, is made still shorter by waste of time.
      - [Life]


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