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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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The dangers gather as the treasures rise.
      - [Gold]

The dependant who cultivates delicacy in himself very little consults his own tranquillity.
      - [Delicacy]

The desires of man increase with his acquisitions.
      - [Desire]

The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give.
  For we that live to please, must please to live.
      - a prologue spoken by Mr. Garrick on opening Drury Lane Theatre
        [Acting]

The duties of religion, sincerely and regularly performed, will always be sufficient to exalt the meanest and to exercise the highest understanding.
      - [Religion]

The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate.
      - [Criticism]

The equity of Providence has balanced peculiar sufferings with peculiar enjoyments.
      - [Compensation]

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words.
      - [Apothegms]

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef, love, like being enlivened with champagne.
      - [Friendship]

The first step to greatness is to be honest.
      - [Greatness]

The fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptation, can at best be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which therefore the true value cannot be assigned.
      - [Prosperity]

The future is purchased by the present.
      - [Future]

The general remedy of those who are uneasy without knowing the cause is change of place.
      - [Change]

The gloomy and the resentful are always found among those who have nothing to do or who do nothing.
      - [Ennui]

The good of our present state is merely comparative, and the evil which every man feels will be sufficient to disturb and harass him if he does not know how much he escapes.
      - [Goodness]

The great end of prudence is to give cheerfulness to those hours which splendor cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate.
      - [Prudence]

The great source of pleasure is variety.
      - [Variety]

The greatest human virtue bears no proportion to human vanity. We always think ourselves better than we are, and are generally desirous that others should think us still better than we think ourselves. To praise us for actions or dispositions which deserve praise is not to confer a benefit, but to pay a tribute. We have always pretensions to fame which, in our own hearts, we know to be disputable, and which we are desirous to strengthen by a new suffrage; we have always hopes which we suspect to be fallacious, and of which we eagerly snatch at every confirmation.
      - [Vanity]

The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinions than that they are in fashion.
      - [Opinion]

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.
      - [Cheerfulness]

The hapless wit has his labors always to begin, the call for novelty is never satisfied, and one jest only raises expectation of another.
      - [Wit]

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
      - [Conversation]

The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
      - [Waking]

The heroes of literary history have been no less remarkable for what they have suffered than for what they have achieved.
      - [Heroes]

The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed, and hopes that have been disappointed.
      - [Man]


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