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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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As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.
      - [Mind]

As to precedents, to be sure they will increase in course of time; but the more precedents there are, the less occasion is there for law; that is to say, the less occasion is there for investigating principles.
      - [Precedent]

As to the Christian religion, besides the strong evidence which we have for it, there is a balance in its favor from the number of great men who have been convinced of its truth after a serious consideration of the question. Grotius was an acute man, a lawyer, a man accustomed to examine evidence, and he was convinced. Grotius was not a recluse, but a man of the world, who certainly had no bias on the side of religion. Sir Isaac Newton set out an infidel, and came to be a very firm believer.
      - [Christianity]

At length weariness succeeds to labor, and the mind lies at ease in the contemplation of her own attainments without any desire of new conquests or excursions. This is the age of recollection and narrative; the opinions are settled, and the avenues of apprehension shut against any new intelligence; the days that are to follow must pass in the inculcation of precepts already collected, and assertion of tenets already received; nothing is henceforward so odious as opposition, so insolent as doubt, or so dangerous as novelty.
      - [Old Age]

Attainment is followed by neglect, and possession by disgust. The malicious remark of the Greek epigrammatist on marriage may apply to every other course of life--that its two days of happiness are the first and the last.
      - [Possession]

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
      - [Absence]

Avarice is a uniform and tractable vice; other intellectual distempers are different in different constitutions of mind. That which soothes the pride of one will offend the pride of another, but to the favor of the covetous bring money, and nothing is denied.
      - [Avarice]

Avarice is always poor.
      - [Avarice]

Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition.
      - [Avarice]

Bashfulness may sometimes exclude pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue to sorrow or remorse.
      - [Bashfulness]

Beauty, without kindness, dies unenjoyed and undelighting.
      - [Beauty]

Before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority have the modesty not to talk; when they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects.
      - [Dinner]

Books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled; written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be re-kindled.
      - [Books]

Books, says Lord Bacon, can never teach us the use of books; the student must learn by commerce with mankind to reduce his speculations to practice. No man should think so highly of himself as to think he can receive but little light from books; no one so meanly, as to believe he can discover nothing but what is to be learned from them.
      - [Books]

Books, to judicious compilers, are useful,--to particular arts and professions absolutely necessary,--to men of real science they are tools; but more are tools to them.
      - [Books]

Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
      - [Bounty]

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
      - [Bravery]

Breasts that beat, and cheeks that glow.
      - [Sensibility]

By forbearing to do what may innocently be done, we may add hourly new vigor to resolution.
      - [Abstinence]

By forebearing to do what may innocently be done, we may add hourly new vigor to resolution.
      - [Abstinence]

By those who look close to the ground dirt will be seen. I hope I see things from a greater distance.
      - [Dirt]

Care that is once enter'd into the breast
  Will have the whole possession ere it rest.
      - [Care]

Catch, then, O catch the transient hour;
  Improve each moment as it flies!
      - [Proverbs]

Cautious age suspects the flattering form, and only credits what experience tells.
      - [Age]

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.
      - [Humanity]


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