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As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy. Samuel Johnson

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No man is much regarded by the rest of the world. He that considers how little he dwells upon the condition of others, will learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself. While we see multitudes passing before us, of whom perhaps not one appears to deserve our notice or excites our sympathy, we should remember, that we likewise are lost in the same throng, that the eye which happens to glance upon us is turned in a moment on him that follows us, and that the utmost which we can reasonably hope or fear is to fill a vacant hour with prattle, and be forgotten. Samuel Johnson

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I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. Samuel Johnson

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The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a years. Samuel Johnson

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

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Language is the dress of thought. Samuel Johnson

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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. Samuel Johnson

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

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I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice. Samuel Johnson

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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. Samuel Johnson

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So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other. Samuel Johnson

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A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk. Samuel Johnson

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Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. Samuel Johnson

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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. Samuel Johnson

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To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity. Samuel Johnson

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I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney. Samuel Johnson

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No man was ever great by imitation. Samuel Johnson

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

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The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. Samuel Johnson

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I have protracted my work till most of those whom I wished to please have sunk into the grave, and success and miscarriage are empty sounds: I therefore dismiss it with frigid tranquillity, having little to fear or hope from censure or from praise. Samuel Johnson

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He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage. Samuel Johnson

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I am willing to love all mankind, except an American. Samuel Johnson

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No one will persist long in helping someone who will not help themselves. Samuel Johnson

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Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself. Samuel Johnson

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It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination. Samuel Johnson

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Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess. Samuel Johnson

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Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, I did not give it to the man, but to humanity. Samuel Johnson

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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. Samuel Johnson

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The chains of habit are generally too week to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken. Samuel Johnson

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Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment. Samuel Johnson

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble. Samuel Johnson

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There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern. Samuel Johnson

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No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. Samuel Johnson

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Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. Samuel Johnson

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Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. Samuel Johnson

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Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything. Samuel Johnson

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Marriage is the best state for man in general, and every man is a worst man in proportion to the level he is unfit for marriage. Samuel Johnson

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For who is pleased with himself. Samuel Johnson

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It is easy to talk of sitting at home contented, when others are seeing or making shows. But not to have been where it is supposed, and seldom supposed falsely, that all would go if they could; to be able to say nothing when everyone is talking; to have no opinion when everyone is judging; to hear exclamations of rapture without power to depress; to listen to falsehoods without right to contradict, is, after all, a state of temporary inferiority, in which the mind is rather hardened by stubbornness, than supported by fortitude. If the world be worth winning let us enjoy it, if it is to be despised let us despise it by conviction. But the world is not to be despised but as it is compared with something better. Samuel Johnson

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

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Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price. Samuel Johnson

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Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness. Samuel Johnson

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Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment. Samuel Johnson

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

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It is, indeed, at home that every man must be known by those who would make a just estimate either of his virtue or felicity; for smiles and embroidery are alike occasional, and the mind is often dressed for show in painted honor, and fictitious benevolence. Samuel Johnson

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Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. Samuel Johnson

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When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Samuel Johnson

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Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. Samuel Johnson

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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. Samuel Johnson

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To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Samuel Johnson