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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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It is generally known that he who expects much will be often disappointed; yet disappointment seldom cures us of expectation, or has any other effect than that of producing a moral sentence or peevish exclamation.
      - [Disappointment]

It is good sense applied with diligence to what was at first a mere accident, and which by great application grew to be called, by the generality of mankind, a particular genius.
      - [Genius]

It is in refinement and elegance that the civilized man differs from the savage.
      - [Refinement]

It is indeed not easy to distinguish affectation from habit; he that has once studiously developed a style, rarely writes afterwards with complete ease.
      - [Habit]

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
      - [Falsehood]

It is more reasonable to wish for reputation while it may be enjoyed, as Anacreon calls upon his companions to give him for present use the wine and garlands which they propose to bestow upon his tomb.
      - [Fame]

It is necessary to hope, though hope should be always deluded; for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction.
      - [Hope]

It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.
      - [Reason]

It is not possible to be regarded with tenderness, except by a few. That merit which gives greatness and renown diffuses its influence to a wide compass, but acts weakly on every single breast; it is placed at a distance from common spectators, and shines like one of the remote stars, of which the light reaches us, but not the heat.
      - [Renown]

It is observed of gold, by an old epigrammatist, "that to have it is to be in fear, and to want it, to be in sorrow."
      - [Gold]

It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye, that we may always advance towards it, though we know it can never be reached.
      - [Perfection]

It is scarcely credible to what degree discernment may be dazzled by the mist of pride, and wisdom infatuated by the intoxication of flattery; or how low the genius may descend by successive gradations of servility, and how swiftly it may fall down the precipice of falsehood.
      - [Flattery]

It is surely very narrow policy that supposes money to be the chief good.
      - [Avarice]

It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.
      - [Poverty : Pretension]

It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy unenvied, to be healthy without physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.
      - [Poverty]

It is very common for us to desire most what we are least qualified to obtain.
      - [Desire]

It is very strange and very melancholy that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us to call hunting one of them.
      - [Hunting]

It is wonderful what a difference learning makes upon people even in the common intercourse of life, which does not appear to be much connected with it.
      - [Education]

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
      - [Life]

It may be no less dangerous to claim, on certain occasions, too little than too much. There is something captivating in spirit and intrepidity, to which we often yield as to a resistless power; nor can we often yield as to a resistless power; nor can he reasonably expect the confidence of others who too apparently distrusts himself.
      - [Self-respect]

It may be proper for all to remember that they ought not to raise expectations which it is not lit their power to satisfy; and that it is more pleasing to see smoke brightening into flame than flame sinking into smoke.
      - [Encouragement]

It requires but little acquaintance with the heart to know that woman's first wish is to be handsome; and that, consequently, the readiest method of obtaining her kindness is to praise her beauty.
      - [Flattery]

It seems to be remarkable that death increases our veneration for the good, and extenuates our hatred for the bad.
      - [Death]

It very seldom happens to a man that his business is his pleasure.
      - [Business]

It was said of Euripides, that every verse was a precept; and it may be said of Shakespeare, that from his works may be collected a system of civil and economical prudence.
      - [Shakespeare]


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