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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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I take the true definition of exercise to be labor without weariness.
      - [Exercise]

I wish you would add an index rerum, that when the reader recollects any incident he may easily find it.
      - [Indexes]

I would consent to have a limb amputated to recover my spirits.
      - [Spirit]

Idleness and timidity often despair without being overcome, and forbear attempts for fear of being defeated; and we may promote the invigoration of faint endeavors, by showing what has already been performed.
      - [Idleness]

If a man begins to read in the middle of a book, and feels an inclination to go on, let him not quit it to go to the beginning. He may perhaps not feel again the inclination.
      - [Reading]

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.
      - [Misfortune]

If he had two ideas in his head, they would fall out with each other.
      - [Quarrels]

If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion.
      - [Actors]

If misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be reverenced; if of ill-fortune, to be pitied; and if of vice, not to be insulted, because it is perhaps itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced.
      - [Misery]

If one was to think constantly of death, the business of life would stand still.
      - [Death]

If the man who turnips cries,
  Cry not when his father dies,
    'Tis a proof that he had rather
      Have a turnip than his father.
      - ridiculing Lope de Vega's lines "Se acquien los leones vence", etc.
        [Tears]

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.
      - [Agriculture]

If we require more perfection from women than from ourselves, it is doing them honor.
      - [Women]

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
      - [Idleness : Solitude]

Ignorance cannot always be inferred from inaccuracy; knowledge is not always present.
      - [Ignorance]

Ignorance is mere privation by which nothing can be produced: it is a vacuity in which the soul sits motionless and torpid for want of attraction: and, without knowing why, we always rejoice when we learn, and grieve when we forget.
      - [Ignorance]

Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.
      - in reply to lady asking why "pastern" was defined in dictionary as "the knee of a horse"
        [Ignorance]

Ignorance, when voluntary, is criminal, and a man may be properly charged with that evil which he neglected or refused to learn how to prevent.
      - [Ignorance]

In all evils which admit a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes that time and attention in complaints which, if properly applied, might remove the cause.
      - [Impatience]

In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.
      - [Hope]

In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.
      - [Conciseness]

In all political regulations, good cannot be complete, it can only be predominant.
      - [Politics]

In ancient days, the most celebrated precept was, "Know thyself;" in modern times it has been supplanted by the more fashionable maxim, "Know thy neighbor, and everything about him."
      - [Inquisitiveness]

In civilized society external advantages make us more respected. A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one. You may analyze this and say, What is there in it? But that will avail you nothing, for it is a part of a general system.
      - [Appearance]

In general those parents have the most reverence who most deserve it; for he that lives well cannot be despised.
      - [Parents]


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