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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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Example is more efficacious than precept.
      - [Example]

Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
      - [Labor]

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him, come out, as I do, and bark.
      - [Employment]

Extended empire, like expanded gold
  Exchanges solid strength for feeble splendor.
      - [Empire]

Faction seldom leaves a man honest, however it might find him.
      - [Faction]

Falsehood always endeavors to copy the mien and attitude of truth.
      - [Falsehood]

Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of a room it will soon fall to the floor. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.
      - [Fame]

Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
      - [Insult]

Fate wings, with every wish, the afflictive dart,
  Each gift of nature, and each grace of art.
      - [Wishes]

Faults and defects every work of man must have.
      - [Faults]

Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil.
      - [Fear]

Fear naturally quickens the flight of guilt.
      - [Fear]

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
      - [Expectation]

Flattery pleases very generally. In the first place, the flatterer may think what he says to be true, but, in the second place, whether be thinks so or not, he certainly thinks those whom be flatters of consequence enough to be flattered.
      - [Flattery]

Foppery is never cured; it is the bad stamina of the mind, which, like those of the body, are never rectified; once a coxcomb always a coxcomb.
      - [Foppery]

For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws.
      - [Gold]

For we who live to please must please to live.
      - [Pleasing]

Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own.
      - [Friends]

Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation.
      - [Friendship]

Friendship is seldom lasting, but between equals, or where superiority is reduced by some equivalent advantage.
      - [Friendship]

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions. What we have missed long enough to want it, we value more when it is regained; but that which has been lost till it is forgotten will be found at last with little gladness, and with still less if a substitute has supplied the place.
      - [Friendship]

Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty.
      - [Frugality]

Gaiety is to good-humor as animal perfumes to vegetable fragrance. The one overpowers weak spirits, the other recreates and revives them. Gaiety seldom fails to give some pain; good-humor boasts no faculties which every one does not believe in his own power, and pleases principally by not offending.
      - [Gaiety]

Games are good or bad as to their nature; all may be perverted.
      - [Gardens]

Gayety is to good-humor as perfumes to vegetable fragrance: the one overpowers weak spirits; the other recreates and revives them.
      - [Good Humor]


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