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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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To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

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The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

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There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

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Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

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He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

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There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.

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Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.

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What ever the motive for the insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly doesn't deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

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Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.

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A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.

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