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  • 31.
    Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, Oct. 26, 1769 (1791).
  • 32.
    Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 5, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Rambler (London, Sept. 10, 1751), no. 155.

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  • 33.
    He that fails in his endeavours after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt, and L.F. Powell, 1963). Adventurer, no. 99 (October 16, 1753).

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  • 34.
    There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 27, 1775 (1791).

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  • 35.
    Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a grey one.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 222, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).

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  • 36.
    The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be superadded.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in The Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt and L.F. Powell (1963). Adventurer (London, Oct. 16, 1753), no. 99.

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  • 37.
    The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, entry, Oct. 24, 1773 (1785).

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  • 38.
    A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, p. 11, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1897). "Apophthegms," vol. 11, Works, ed. John Hawkins (1787-1789).
  • 39.
    The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, May 1, 1780, to Hester Thrale. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).

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  • 40.
    Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Mrs. Hannah More, vol. 1, ed. William Roberts (1834).
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