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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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Happiness is not a state to arrive at, rather, a manner of traveling.

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Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

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Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

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When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.

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To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.

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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

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The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.

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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.

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No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government.

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

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