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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English author. Beginning as a Grub Street journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".
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- The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
- Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.
- If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
- A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
- Do not suffer life to stagnate; it will grow muddy for want of motion: commit yourself again to the current of the world.
- Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
- Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
- A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
- Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.