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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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Suspicion is very often a useless pain.
      - [Suspicion]

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.
      - [Tea]

Tears are often to be found where there is little sorrow, and the deepest sorrow without any tears.
      - [Tears]

Terrestrial happiness is of short duration. The brightness of the flame is wasting its fuel; the fragrant flower is passing away in its own odors.
      - [Happiness]

Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow; the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a crossbow, which has equal force though shot by a child.
      - [Testimony]

That friendship may be at once fond and lasting, there must not only be equal virtue on each part, but virtue of the same kind; not only the same end must be proposed but the same means must be approved by both.
      - [Friendship]

That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm, quiet interchange of sentiments.
      - [Conversation]

That what cannot be repaired is not to be regretted.
      - [Resignation]

The accidental prescriptions of authority, when time has procured them veneration, are often confounded with the laws of nature, and those rules are supposed coeval with reason, of which the first rise cannot be discovered.
      - [Authority]

The animadversions of critics are commonly such as may easily provoke the sedatest writer to some quickness of resentment and asperity of reply.
      - [Critics]

The appearance and retirement of actors are the great events of the theatrical world; and their first performances fill the pit with conjecture and prognostication, as the first actions of a new monarch agitate nations with hope and fear.
      - [Actors]

The balls of sight are so formed that one man's eyes are spectacles to another to read his heart with.
      - [Eyes]

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men.
      - [Example]

The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket.
      - [Reputation]

The botanist looks upon the astronomer as a being unworthy of his regard; and he that is glowing great and happy by electrifying a bottle wonders how the world can be engaged by trifling prattle about war and peace.
      - [Comparison]

The business of life is to go forward; he who sees evil in prospect meets it in his way, and he who catches it by retrospection turns back to find it. That which is feared may sometimes be avoided, but that which is regretted to-day may be regretted again to-morrow.
      - [Regret]

The business of life summons us away from useless grief, and calls us to the exercise of those virtues of which we are lamenting our deprivation.
      - [Grief]

The business of the biographer is often to pass slightly over those performances and incidents which produce vulgar greatness, to lead the thoughts into domestic privacies, and display the minute details of daily life, were exterior appendages are cast aside, and men excel each other only by prudence and virtue.
      - [Biography]

The care of the critic should be to distinguish error from inability, faults of inexperience from defects of nature.
      - [Critics]

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt till they are too strong to be broken.
      - [Custom : Habit]

The charm of London is that you are never glad or sorry for ten minutes together; in the country you are one or the other for weeks.
      - [Variety]

The civilities of the great are never thrown away.
      - [Greatness]

The commodiousness of money is indeed great; but there are some advantages which money cannot buy, and which therefore no wise man will by the love of money be tempted to forego.
      - [Money]

The coquette has companions, indeed, but no lovers,--for love is respectful and timorous; and where among her followers will she find a husband?
      - [Coquette]

The crime of cowards.
      - [Falsehood]

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