Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause a while from learning to be wise. There mark what ills the scholar's life assail,- Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 157.
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This mournful truth is ev'rywhere confess'd,- Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 176.
He who praises everybody praises nobody.
Source: Letter to Boswell, p. 225
Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.
Sir, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature, as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles, without having good practice?
Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
How small of all that human hearts endure That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place ensigned Our own felicity we make or find.
I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Source: Dictionary of the English Language, Preface
What is read twice is commonly better remembered than what is transcribed.
Source: The Idler. No. 74.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. vi. 1763.
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