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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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Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation his defence.
      - [Slander]

Slow rises worth by poverty depressed.
      - [Proverbs]

Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound; great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
      - [Debt]

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
      - [Equality]

So scanty is our present allowance of happiness that in many situations life could scarcely be supported if hope were not allowed to relieve the present hour by pleasures borrowed from the future.
      - [Happiness]

Social sorrow loses half its pain.
      - [Sorrow]

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.
      - [Desire]

Some have little power to do good, and have likewise little strength to resist evil.
      - [Power]

Some men weave their sophistry till their own reason is entangled.
      - [Sophistry]

Sorrow is properly that state of the mind in which our desires are fixed upon the past without looking forward to the future.
      - [Sorrow]

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.
      - [Sorrow]

Spite and ill-nature are among the most expensive luxuries in life.
      - [Rudeness]

Stand
  Firm for your country, and become a man
    Honour'd and lov'd: It were a noble life,
      To be found dead, embracing her.
      - [Love of Country]

Still we love
  The evil we do, until we suffer it.
      - [Evil]

Studious to please, and ready to submit; the supple Gaul was born a parasite.
      - [France]

Study requires solitude, and solitude is a state dangerous to those who are too much accustomed to sink into themselves.
      - [Study]

Success produces confidence, confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins that reputation which accuracy had raised.
      - [Success]

Such are the vicissitudes of the world, through all its parts, that day and night, labor and rest, hurry and retirement, endear each other; such are the changes that keep the mind in action: we desire, we pursue, we obtain, we are satiated; we desire something else and begin a new pursuit.
      - [Change]

Such is the constitution of Man that labor may be said to be its own re-ward.
      - [Exercise]

Such is the emptiness of human enjoyment that we are always impatient of the present. Attainment is followed by neglect, and possession by disgust.
      - [Discontent]

Such is the pleasure of projecting that many content themselves with a succession of visionary schemes, and wear out their allotted time in the calm amusement of contriving what they never attempt or hope to execute.
      - [Planning]

Such is the uncertainty of human affairs, that security and despair are equal follies; and as it is presumption and arrogance to anticipate triumphs, it is weakness and cowardice to prog-nosticate miscarriages.
      - [Anticipation]

Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
      - [Tedious]

Surely the equity of Providence has balanced peculiar sufferings with peculiar enjoyments.
      - [Providence]

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.
      - [Suspicion]


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