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HESTER LYNCH PIOZZI (MRS. HENRY THRALE)
English author and friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1741 - 1821)

Mr. Johnson had never, by his own account, been a close student, and used to advise young people never to be without a book in their pocket, to be read at bye-times, when they had nothing else to do. "It has been by that means," said he to a boy at our house one day, "that all my knowledge has been gained, except what I have picked up by running about the world with my wits ready to observe, and my tongue ready to talk."
      - [Reading]

The tree of deepest root is found
  Least willing still to quit the ground;
    'Twas therefore said by ancient sages,
      That love of life increased with years
        So much, that in our latter stages,
          When pain grows sharp, and sickness rages,
            The greatest love of life appears.
      - Three Warnings [Life]


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