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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 whole world is put in motion by the wish for riches and the dread of poverty.
      - [Motive]

The wickedness of a loose or profane author, in his writings, is more atrocious than that of the giddy libertine or drunken ravisher; not only because it extends its effects wider (as a pestilence that taints the air is more destructive than poison infused in a draught), but because it is committed with cool deliberation.
      - [Authorship]

Their origin is commonly unknown; for the practice often continues when the cause has ceased, and concerning superstitious ceremonies it is in vain to conjecture; for what reason did not dictate, reason cannot explain.
      - [Custom]

There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we have still the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.
      - [Love]

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.
      - [Obligation]

There are occasions on which all apology is rudeness.
      - [Apologies]

There is a certain race of men that either imagine it their duty, or make it their amusement, to hinder the reception of every work of learning or genius, who stand as sentinels in the avenues of fame, and value themselves upon giving ignorance and envy the first notice of a prey.
      - [Critics]

There is a frightful interval between the seed and the timber.
      - [Progress]

There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government.
      - [Tyranny]

There is no book so poor that it would not be a prodigy if wholly made by a single man.
      - [Books]

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow; but there is something in it so like virtue that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved, nor will by me, at least, be thought worthy of esteem.
      - [Sorrow]

There is nothing against which an old man should be so much upon his guard as putting himself to nurse.
      - [Age]

There is nothing more dreadful to an author than neglect; compared with which reproach, hatred, and opposition are names of happiness; yet this worst, this meanest fate, every one who dares to write has reason to fear.
      - [Authorship]

There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
      - [Trifles]

There is something in obstinacy which differs from every other passion. Whenever it fails, it never recovers, but either breaks like iron, or crumbles sulkily away, like a fractured arch. Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their sufferings and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.
      - [Obstinacy]

There is such a difference between the pursuits of men in great cities that one part of the inhabitants lives to little other purpose than to wonder at the rest. Some have hopes and fears, wishes and aversions, which never enter into the thoughts of others, and inquiry is laboriously exerted to gain that which those who possess it are ready to throw away.
      - [Cities]

There may be community of material possessions, but there can never be community of love or esteem.
      - [Communism]

There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance.
      - [Authorship]

There would be few enterprises of great labor or hazard undertaken, if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages which we persuade ourselves to expect from them.
      - [Anticipation]

These papers of the day have uses more adequate to the purposes of common life than more pompous and durable volumes.
      - [Newspapers]

They give up all sweets of kindness for the sake of peevishness, petulance, or gloom, and alienate the world by neglect of the common forms of civility, and breach of the established laws of conversation.
      - [Ills]

They make a rout about universal liberty, without considering that all that is to be valued, or indeed can be enjoyed by individuals, is private liberty.
      - [Liberty]

They talk like angels but they live like men.
      - [Proverbs]

They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing-master.
      - [Manners]

They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful, and captious,--tenacious of their own practices and maxims.
      - [Celibacy]


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