1709-1784. British man of letters, one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England.
Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
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It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
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Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.
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Knowledge is of two kinds: We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it.
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Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.
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Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, the midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar; invades the sacred hour of silent rest and leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast.
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Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name of poverty to the want of superfluities.
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The true art of memory is the art of attention.
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Men know that women are an over-match for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.
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Whatever you have spend less.
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