wishes

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on children, cruelty, improvement, pity, reason, and wishes

Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on wishes

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Sir, your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on familiarity and wishes

Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Addison.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anticipation, change, happiness, life, wishes, and world

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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on difficulty, life, pleasure, success, and wishes

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 (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on character, influence, welfare, and wishes

The wish to spread those opinions that we hold conducive to our own welfare is so deeply rooted in the English character that few of us can escape its influence.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Erewhon, Ch. 20

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A Quote by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on listening, vision, and wishes

You wish to see; listen. Hearing is a step toward Vision.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 - 1153)

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A Quote by S. I. Hayakawa on good, life, literature, people, and wishes

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.

S. I. Hayakawa (1906 - 1992)

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A Quote by Robert W. Burke on crime, government, power, and wishes

I do not wish to give up the power of personal arms and be defenseless against those who will ever and always keep and bear arms those in crime and those in government.

Robert W. Burke

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A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on earth, fate, love, and wishes

I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. May no fate willfully misunderstand me And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it's likely to go better.

Robert Frost

Source: Birches, 1916

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