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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 peculiar doctrine of Christianity is that of a universal sacrifice and perpetual propitiation.
      - [Christianity]

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.
      - [Punishment]

The present is never a happy state to any human being.
      - [Present]

The prospect of penury in age is so gloomy and terrifying that every man who looks before him must resolve to avoid it; and it must be avoided generally by the science of sparing.
      - [Economy]

The public pleasures of far the greater part of mankind are counterfeit.
      - [Pleasure]

The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside.
      - [Authors]

The relief of enemies has a tendency to unite mankind in fraternal affection.
      - [Enemies]

The resolution of the combat is seldom equal to the vehemence of the charge.
      - [Vacillation]

The round of a passionate man's life is in contracting debts in his passion, which his virtue obliges him to pay. He spends his time in outrage and acknowledgment, injury and reparation.
      - [Anger]

The rules that I shall propose concerning secrecy, and from which I think it not safe to deviate without long and exact deliberation, are, never to solicit the knowledge of a secret,--not willingly, nor without many limitations, to accept such confidence when it is offered; when a secret is once admitted, to consider the trust as of a very high nature, important as society and sacred as truth, and therefore not to be violated for any incidental convenience, or slight appearance of contrary fitness.
      - [Secrecy]

The seeds of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public.
      - [Knowledge]

The speculatist, who is not content with superficial views, harasses himself with fruitless curiosity; and still, as he inquires more, perceives only that he knows less.
      - [Curiosity]

The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.
      - [Comparison : Contrast]

The synonyme of usury is ruin.
      - [Usury]

The time will come to every human being when it must be known how well he can bear to die.
      - [Death]

The true effect of genuine politeness seems to be rather ease than pleasure.
      - [Politeness]

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
      - [Society]

The truly strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small. I would have a man great in great things, and elegant in little things.
      - [Greatness]

The two great movers of the human mind are the desire for good, and the fear of evil.
      - [Evil : Goodness]

The uncertainty of death is, in effect, the great support of the whole system of life.
      - [Death]

The usual fortune for complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
      - [Complaining]

The value of statuary is owing to its difficulty. You would not value the finest head cut upon a carrot.
      - [Sculpture]

The vicious count their years; the virtuous their acts.
      - [Time]

The weakness we lament, ourselves create.
  Instructed from our infant years to court,
    With counterfeited fears, the aid of man,
      We learn to shudder at the rustling breeze,
        Start at the light, and tremble in the dark,
          Till affectation, rip'ning to belief
            And folly, frighted at our own chimeras,
              Habitual cowardice usurps the soul.
      - [Fear]

The whole power of cunning is privative; to say nothing, and to do nothing , is the utmost of its reach. Yet men, thus narrow by nature and mean by art, are sometimes able to rise by the miscarriages of bravery and the openness of integrity, and, watching failures and snatching opportunities, obtain advantages which belong to higher characters.
      - [Cunning]


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