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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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Combinations of wickedness would overwhelm the world by the advantage which licentious principles afford, did not those who have long practiced perfidy grow faithless to each other.
      - [Wickedness]

Commerce can never be at a stop while one man wants what another can supply; and credit will never be denied, while it is likely to be repaid with profit.
      - [Commerce]

Commerce however we may please ourselves with the contrary opinion, is one of the daughters of fortune, inconstant and deceitful as her mother. She chooses her residence where she is least expected, and shifts her abode when her continuance is, in appearance, most firmly settled.
      - [Commerce]

Complaints are vain; we will try to. do better another time. To-morrow and to-morrow. A few designs and a few failures, and the time of designing is past.
      - [Failure]

Conjecture as to things useful, is good; but conjecture as to what it would be useless to know, is very idle.
      - [Conjecture]

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
      - [Conscience]

Consider what importance to society the chastity of women is. Upon that all the property in the world depends. We hang a thief for stealing a sheep; but the unchastity of a woman transfers sheep and farm and all from the right owner.
      - [Chastity]

Contempt is a kind of gangrene which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.
      - [Contempt]

Corneille is to Shakespeare as a clipped hedge is to a forest.
      - [Shakespeare]

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
      - [Courage]

Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.
      - [Courage]

Courtesy and good humor are often found with little real worth.
      - [Courtesy]

Cowardice encroaches fast upon such as spend their lives in company of persons higher than themselves.
      - [Cowardice]

Credulity is the common failing of inexperienced virtue; and he who is spontaneously suspicious may justly be charged with radical corruption.
      - [Credulity]

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense.
      - [Criticism]

Criticism, as it was first introduced by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
      - [Criticism]

Critics, like the rest of mankind, are very frequently misled by interest.
      - [Critics]

Cunning differs from wisdom as twilight from open day.
      - [Cunning]

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
      - [Curiosity]

Deceit and falsehood, whatever conveniences they may for a time promise or produce, are, in the sum of life, obstacles to happiness. Those who profit by the cheat distrust the deceiver; and the act by which kindness was sought puts an end to confidence.
      - [Deceit]

Depend on it, if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery, there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
      - [Talking]

Depend upon it, if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery, there is never any recourse to the mention of it.
      - [Misfortune]

Depend upon it, sir, it is when you come close to a man in conservation that you discover what his real abilities are; to make a speech in a public assembly is a knack.
      - [Speech]

Despair is criminal.
      - [Despair]

Deviation from nature is deviation from happiness.
      - [Nature]


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