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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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A blaze first pleases and then tires the sight.
      - [Disenchantment]

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.
      - [Law]

A coxcomb is ugly all over with the affectation of the fine gentleman.
      - [Coxcomb]

A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
      - [Vegetables]

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
      - [Civilization]

A fallible being will fail somewhere.
      - [Toleration]

A few men are sufficient to broach falsehoods, which are afterwards innocently diffused by successive relaters.
      - [Falsehood]

A good wife is like the ivy which beautifies the building to which it clings, twining its tendrils more lovingly as time converts the ancient edifice into a ruin.
      - [Matrimony]

A jest breaks no bones.
      - [Humor]

A man guilty of poverty easily believes himself suspected.
      - [Poverty]

A man had rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be told.
      - [Lies]

A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing than to act one; no more right to say a rude thing to another than to knock him down.
      - [Evil]

A man of sense and education should meet a suitable companion in a wife. It is a miserable thing when the conversation can only be such as whether the mutton should be boiled or roasted, and probably a dispute about that.
      - [Marriage]

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion.
      - [Indiscretion]

A man who always talks for fame never can be pleasing. The man who talks to unburthen his mind is the man to delight you.
      - [Talking]

A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.
      - [Words]

A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one.
      - [Apparel]

A man, sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
      - [Friendship]

A married man has many cares, but a bachelor no pleasures.
      - [Marriage]

A minute analysis of life at once destroys that splendor which dazzles the imagination. Whatsoever grandeur can display, or luxury enjoy, is procured by offices of which the mind shrinks from the contemplation. All the delicacies of the table may be traced back to the shambles and the dunghill; all magnificence of building was hewn from the quarry, and all the pomp of ornament dug from among the damps and darkness of the mine.
      - [Life]

A mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good.
      - [Gambling]

A poet, naturalist and historian, who scarcely left any style of writing untouched and touched nothing that he did not adorn.
      - [Adorn]

A secret in his mouth,
  Is like a wild bird put into a cage;
    Whose door no sooner opens, but 'tis out.
      - [Secrecy]

A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation.
      - [Letters]

A successful author is equally in danger of the diminution of his fame, whether he continues or ceases to write.
      - [Authors]


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