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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 stream of Time, which is continually washing the dissoluble fabrics of other poets, passes without injury by the adamant of Shakespeare.
      - Preface to Works of Shakspere
        [Shakespeare]

And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.
      - Prologue on Opening the Drury Lane Theatre
         (l. 6) [Time]

Each change of many-coloured life he drew,
  Exhausted worlds and then imagined new:
    Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
      And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.
      - Prologue on the Opening of the Drury Lane Theatre
        [Authorship]

As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.
      - Rambler (#173) [Fanaticism]

I fly from pleasure, because pleasure has ceased to please: I am lonely because I am miserable.
      - Rasselas (ch. III) [Pleasure]

A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.
      - Rasselas (ch. XII) [Habit]

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
      - Rasselas (ch. XII) [Impossibility]

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
      - Rasselas (ch. XIII) [Knowledge]

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
      - Rasselas (ch. XIII) [Difficulties]

The endearing elegance of female friendship.
      - Rasselas (ch. XLVI) [Friendship]

I live in the crowds of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.
      - Rasselas (ch. XVI) [Society]

The first years of man must make provision for the last.
      - Rasselas (ch. XVII) [Prudence]

Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.
      - Recollections of Johnson,
        From Miss Reynolds [Fear]

Being married to those sleepy-souled women is just like playing at cards for nothing: no passion is excited and the time is filled up. I do not, however, envy a fellow one of those honeysuckle wives for my part, as they are but creepers at best and commonly destroy the tree they so tenderly cling about.
      - Remark as Recorded by Mrs. Piozzi [Wives]

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
      - Remark to Wilkes [Quotations]

Books have always a secret influence on the understanding; we cannot at pleasure obliterate ideas: he that reads books of science, though without any desire fixed of improvement, will grow more knowing; he that entertains himself with moral or religious treatises, will imperceptibly advance in goodness; the ideas which are often offered to the mind, will at last find a lucky moment when it is disposed to receive them.
      - The Adventurer (no. 137) [Reading]

He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
      - The Idler (no. 57) [Change]

What is twice read is commonly better remembered that what is transcribed.
      - The Idler (no. 74) [Reading]

The essence of poetry is invention; such invention as, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights.
      - The Lives of the English Poets--Life of Waller
        [Poetry]

When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.
      - The Rambler (no. 110) [Hope]

Peace courts his hand, but spreads her charms in vain:
  "Think nothing gain'd," he cries, "till naught remain."
      - The Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 201)
        [Success]

For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.
      - The Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 352)
        [Patience]

Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
  Trifle not at thirty-five;
    For, howe'er we boast and strive,
      Life declines from thirty-five;
        He that ever hopes to thrive
          Must begin by thirty-five.
      - To Mrs. Thrale, when Thirty-five (l. 11)
        [Age : Women]

Unmoved though Witlings sneer and Rivals rail;
  Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail.
      - Tragedy of Irene (prologue) [Criticism]

Fears of the brave and follies of the wise.
      - Vanity of Human Wishes [Folly]


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