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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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Was there ever anything written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers, excepting Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe and the Pilgrim's Progress?
      - [Brevity]

Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy, on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste, on the other, by which on the same income another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.
      - [Waste]

Wasting a fortune is evaporation by a thousand imperceptible means.
      - [Waste]

We all live in the hope of pleasing somebody; and the pleasure of pleasing ought to be greatest, and always will be greatest, when our endeavors are exerted in consequence of our duty.
      - [Pleasing]

We are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure.
      - [Humanity]

We are easily shocked by crimes which appear at once in their full magnitude; but the gradual growth of our wickedness, endeared by interest and palliated by all the artifices of self-deceit, gives us time to form distinctions in our favor.
      - [Crime]

We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
      - remark on the sale of Thrale's Brewery, 1781

We consider ourselves as defective in memory, either because we remember less than we desire, or less than we suppose others to remember.
      - [Memory]

We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles of action are not known, but because for a time they are not remembered; he may, therefore, justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences that may early be impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to occur habitually to the mind.
      - [Proverbs (General)]

We have always pretensions to fame which, in our own hearts, we know to be disputable.
      - [Vanity]

We have now learned that rashness and imprudence will not be deterred from taking credit; let us try whether fraud and avarice may be more easily restrained from giving it.
      - [Credit]

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
      - [Expectation]

We may have many acquaintances, but we can have but few friends; this made Aristotle say that he that hath many friends hath none.
      - [Friendship]

We must consider how very little history there is--I mean real, authentic history. That certain kings reigned and certain battles were fought, we can depend upon as true; but all the coloring, all the philosophy, of history is conjecture.
      - [History]

We seldom require more to the happiness of the present hour than to surpass him that stands next before us.
      - [Happiness]

Wealth is nothing in itself; it is not useful but when it departs from us.
      - [Wealth]

Were a man not to marry a second time, it might be concluded that his first wife had given him a disgust for marriage; but by taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first by showing that she made him so happy as a married man that he wishes to be so a second time.
      - [Marriage]

Were it not for imagination, sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
      - [Imagination]

What ills from beauty spring.
      - [Beauty]

What is easy is seldom excellent.
      - [Ease]

What is good only because it pleases cannot be pronounced good till it has been found to please.
      - [Goodness]

What is said upon a subject is gathered from an hundred people.
      - [Quotations]

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
      - [Reading]

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
      - [Diligence]

Whatever advantage we snatch beyond a certain portion allotted us by at nature, is like money spent before it is due, which, at the time of regular payment, will be missed and regretted.
      - [Anticipation]

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