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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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They who look but little into futurity, have, perhaps, the quickest sensation of the present.
      - [Future]

They who most loudly clamour for liberty do not most liberally grant it.
      - [Liberty]

This was a good dinner enough, to be sure; but it was not a dinner to ask a man to.
      - [Dinner]

Those authors are to be read at schools that supply most axioms of prudence.
      - [Authors]

Those that have done nothing in life, are not qualified to judge of those that have done little.
      - [Judges]

Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one common pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
      - [Excellence]

Those who, in the confidence of superior capacities or attainments, neglect the common maxims of life, should be reminded that nothing will supply the want of prudence; but that negligence and irregularity, long continued, will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.
      - [Prudence]

Those writers who lie on the watch for novelty can have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation.
      - [Originality]

Though the discoveries or acquisitions of man are not always adequate to the expectations of his pride, they are at least sufficient to animate his industry.
      - [Discovery]

Thought is always troublesome to him who lives without his own approbation.
      - [Thought]

Time quickly puts an end to artificial and accidental fame.
      - [Time]

Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight.
      - [Time]

Timidity is a disease of the mind, obstinate and fatal; for a man once persuaded that any impediment is insuperable has given it, with respect to himself, that strength and weight which it had not before.
      - [Fear]

To a poet nothing can be useless.
      - [Poets]

To be flattered is grateful, even when we know that our praises are not believed by those who pronounce them; for they prove at least our power, and show that our favor is valued, since it is purchased by the meanness of falsehood.
      - [Flattery]

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition; the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
      - [Home]

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches; and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.
      - [Idleness]

To be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
      - [Idleness]

To be of no church is dangerous. Religion, of which the rewards are distant, and which is animated only by Faith and Hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind, unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship, and the salutary influence of example.
      - [Churches]

To be prejudiced is always to be weak; yet there are prejudices so near to laudable that they have been often praised and are always pardoned.
      - [Prejudice]

To build is to be robbed.
      - [Architecture]

To do nothing is in every man's power.
      - [Idleness]

To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence--an exemption granted only to invariable virtue.
      - [Innocence]

To embarrass justice by a multiplicity of laws, or to hazard it by confidence in judges, are the opposite rocks on which all civil institutions have been wrecked, and between which legislative wisdom has never yet found an open passage.
      - [Justice]

To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength.
      - [Courage]


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