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Samuel Johnson

1709-1784. British man of letters, one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England.

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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

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The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.

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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.

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.

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Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.

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Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.

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Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

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Sir, I do not call a gamester a dishonest man; but I call him an unsociable man, an unprofitable man. Gaming is a mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good.

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Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

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