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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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Reason and truth will prevail at last.
      - [Reason]

Reason elevates our thoughts as high as the stars, and leads us through the vast space of this mighty fabric; yet it comes far short of the real extent of our corporeal being.
      - [Reason]

Reason the hoary dotard's dull directress,
  That loses all, because she hazards nothing;
    Reason! the tim'rous pilot, that, to shun
      The rocks of life, forever flies the port.
      - [Reason]

Reason will by degrees submit to absurdity, as the eye is in time accommodated to darkness.
      - [Reason]

Remember that nothing will supply the want of prudence, and that negligence and irregularity long continued will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.
      - [Prudence]

Repentance, however difficult to be practiced, is, if it be explained without superstition, easily understood. Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice from the conviction that it has offended God.
      - [Repentance]

Reproof should not exhaust its power upon petty failings.
      - [Manners]

Resentment gratifies him who intended an injury, and pains him unjustly who did not intend it.
      - [Resentment]

Resentment is a union of sorrow with malignity; a combination of a passion which all endeavor to avoid with a passion which all concur to detest.
      - [Resentment]

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.
      - [Poverty]

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance, of justice: injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
      - [Revenge]

Riches are of no value in themselves; their use is discovered only in that which they procure.
      - [Riches]

Riches exclude only one inconvenience,--that is, poverty.
      - [Riches]

Riches seldom make their owners rich.
      - [Wealth]

Riches, perhaps, do not so often produce crimes as incite accusers.
      - [Riches]

Scarce any man becomes eminently disagreeable but by a departure from his real character, and an attempt at something for which nature or education has left him unqualified.
      - [Character]

Scarcely any degree of judgment is sufficient to restrain the imagination from magnifying that on which it is long detained.
      - [Imagination]

See nations slowly wise, and meanly just, to buried merit raise the tardy bust.
      - [Monuments]

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
      - [Self-confidence]

Self-love is a busy prompter.
      - [Self-love]

Sir, the servants, instead of doing what they are bid, stand round the table in idle clusters, gaping upon their guests; and seem as unfit to attend a company, as to steer a man of war.
      - [Servants]

Sir, there is no end of negative criticism.
      - [Criticism]

Sir, we are a nest of singing birds.
      - [Birds]

Sir, when you have seen one green field, you have seen all green fields. Let us walk down Cheapside.
      - [Country]

Sir, you are giving a reason for it; but that will not make it right. You may have a reason why two and two should make five; but they will still make but four.
      - [Reason]


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