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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 tavern is the throne of human felicity.
      - [Taverns]

A vow is a snare for sin.
      - [Vows]

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favor cannot satisfy him.
      - [Ambition]

A woman of fortune being used the handling of money, spends it judiciously; but a woman who gets the command of money for the first time upon her marriage, has such a gust in spending it, that she throws it away with great profusion.
      - [Money]

Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.
      - in Hannah More's "Johnsoniana", 467
        [Temperance]

Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence. His name, like a shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.
      - [Abuse]

Accustom your children constantly to this; if a thing happened at one window and they, when relating it, say that it happened at another, do not let it pass, but instantly check them; you do not know where deviation from truth will end.
      - [Children]

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
      - [Action]

Admiration and love are like being intoxicated with champagne; judgment and friendship are like being enlivened.
      - [Blandishment]

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases.
      - [Admiration]

Admiration must be continued by that novelty which first produces it; and how much soever is given, there must always be reason to imagine that more remains.
      - [Admiration]

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
      - [Adversity]

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
      - [Adversity]

Advice is offensive, it shows us that we are known to others as well as to ourselves.
      - [Advice]

Advice is seldom welcome. Those who need it most like it least.
      - [Advice]

Advice, as it always gives a temporary appearance of superiority, can never be very grateful, even when it is most necessary or most judicious; but, for the same reason, every one is eager to instruct his neighbors.
      - [Advice]

Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly.
      - [Affectation]

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence.
      - [Affectation]

Age is rarely despised but when it is contemptible.
      - [Age]

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
      - [Agriculture]

Alas! another instance of the triumph of hope over experience.
      - referring to the second marriage of a friend who had been unfortunate in his first wife, see J. Hawkins's "Collection Edition of Johnson", 1787
        [Wives]

All envy is proportionate to desire.
      - [Envy]

All fear is in itself painful, and when it conduces not to safety; is painful without use. Every consideration, therefore, by which groundless terrors may be removed adds something: to human happiness.
      - [Anticipation]

All history was at first oral.
      - [History]

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.
      - [Intellect]


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