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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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Whatever be the motive of insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly scarcely can deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.
      - [Insult]

Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
      - [Hope]

Whatever professes to benefit by pleasing must please at once. The pleasures of the mind imply something sudden and unexpected; that which elevates must always surprise.
      - [Style]

Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me, and far from my friends be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Ionia.
      - [Association]

When a friend is carried to his grave, we at once find excuses for every weakness, and palliation of every fault. We recollect a thousand endearments, which before glided off our minds without impression, a thousand favors unrepaid, a thousand duties unperformed; and wish, vainly wish, for his return, not so much that we may receive as that we may bestow happiness, and recompense that kindness which before we never understood.
      - [Death]

When a king asked Euclid, the mathematician, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner, he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money; but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
      - [Education]

When a man feel the reprehension of a friend seconded by his own heart, he is easily heated into resentment.
      - [Reproach]

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.
      - [Calamities]

When emulation leads us to strive for self-elevation by merit alone, and not by belittling another, then it is one of the grandest possible incentives to action.
      - [Emulation]

When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.
      - [Manners]

When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.
      - [Speculation]

When the desire of wealth is taking hold of the heart, let us look round and see how it operates upon than whose industry or fortune has obtained it. When we find them oppressed with their own abundance, luxurious without pleasure, idle without ease, impatient and querulous in themselves, and despised or hated by the rest of mankind, we shall soon be convinced that if the real wants of our condition are satisfied, there remains little to be sought with solicitude or desired with eagerness.
      - [Wealth]

When we see our enemies and friends gliding away before us, let us not forget that we are subject to the general law of mortality, and shall soon be where our doom will be fixed forever.
      - [Death]

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
      - [Grief]

Where necessity ends, desire and curiosity begin; and no sooner are we supplied with everything nature can demand than we sit down to contrive artificial appetites.
      - [Covetousness : Desire]

Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
      - [Secrecy]

Where there is emulation, there will be vanity; where there is vanity, there will be folly.
      - [Emulation]

Where there is no hope there can be no endeavor.
      - [Hope]

While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance, and when he is dead we rate them by his best.
      - [Authors]

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
      - [Grief]

Who left nothing of authorship untouched, and touched nothing which he did not adorn.
  [Lat., Qui nullum fere scribendi genus non tetigit; nullum quod tetigit non ornavit.]
      - Oliver Goldsmith's epitaph in Westminster Abbey
        [Epitaphs]

Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him who he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society.
      - [Fraud]

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
      - [Envy]

Whoever shall review his life, will find that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment.
      - [Trifles]

Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
      - [Style]


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