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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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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
      - [Dictionaries]

Differences, we know, are never so effectually laid asleep as by some common calamity; an enemy unites all to whom he threatens danger.
      - [Calamities]

Diffidence may check resolution and obstruct performance, but compensates its embarrassments by more important advantages; it conciliates the proud, and softens the severe; averts envy from excellence, and censure from miscarriage.
      - [Diffidence]

Diligence in employments of less consequence is the most successful introduction to greater enterprises.
      - [Diligence]

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes; the distinctions which set one man so much above another are very little perceived in the gloom of a sick-chamber, where it will be vain to expect entertainment from the gay, or instruction from the wise; where all human glory is obliterated, the wit is clouded, the reasoner perplexed, and the hero subdued; where the highest and brightest of mortal beings finds nothing left him but the consciousness of innocence.
      - [Sickness]

Disease is a physical process that generally begins that equality which death completes.
      - [Disease]

Dishonor waits on perfidy. A man should blush to think a falsehood; it is the crime of cowards.
      - [Dishonesty]

Distance either of time or place is sufficient to reconcile weak minds to wonderful relations.
      - [Distance]

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.
      - [Debt]

Don't tell me of deception; a lie is a lie, whether it be a lie to the eye or a lie to the ear.
      - [Deceit]

Economy is the parent of integrity, of liberty, and of ease, and the beauteous sister of temperance, of cheerfulness and health.
      - [Economy]

Employment and hardships prevent melancholy.
      - [Melancholy]

Even those to whom Providence has allotted greater strength of understanding can expect only to improve a single science.
      - [Study]

Every desire is a viper in the bosom, who while he was chill was harmless; but when warmth gave him strength, exerted it in poison.
      - [Desire]

Every human being whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge.
      - [Knowledge]

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
      - [Truth]

Every man has some favorite topic of conversation, on which, by a feigned seriousness of attention, he may be drawn to expatiate without end.
      - [Conversation]

Every man has something to do which he neglects, every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat.
      - [Negligence]

Every man is prompted by the love of himself to imagine that he possesses some qualities superior, either in kind or degree, to those which he sees allotted to the rest of the world.
      - [Self-love]

Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.
      - [Idleness]

Every man of any education would rather be called a rascal than accused of deficiency in the graces.
      - [Grace]

Every man that has felt pain knows how little all other comforts can gladden him to whom health is denied. Yet who is there does not sometimes hazard it for the enjoyment of an hour?
      - [Health]

Everybody knows worse of himself than he knows of other men.
      - [Secrecy]

Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with too much dejection.
      - [Evil]

Example is always more efficacious than precept.
      - [Example]


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