The works of Samuel Johnson, Tom 4

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Rules for the choice of associates
160
The revolutions of a garret
161
Old men in danger of falling into pupilage TH e con duct of Thrasybulus
162
The mischiefs of following a patron
163
Praise universally desired The failings of eminent men often imitated
164
The impotence of wealth The visit of Serotinus to the place of his nativity
165
Favour not easily gained by the poor
166
The marriage of Hymenæus and Tranquilla
167
Poetry debased by mean expressions An example from Shakespeare
168
Labour necessary to excellence
169
The history of Misella debauched by her relation
170
Misellas description of the life of a prostitute
171
The effect of sudden riches upon the manners
172
Unreasonable fears of pedantry
173
The majority are wicked
175
Directions to authors attacked by criticks The vari ous degrees of critical perspicacity 91
176
An account of a club of antiquaries 178 Many advantages not to be enjoyed together 99
177
The study of life not to be neglected for the sake
180
181 The history of an adventurer in lotteries
181
The history of Leviculus the fortunehunter
182
The influence of envy and interest compared
183
The subject of essays often suggested by chance Chance equally prevalent in other affairs
184
The prohibition of revenge justifiable by reason The meanness of regulating our conduct by the opinions of
185
Anningait and Ajut a Greenland history
186
The history of Anningait and Ajut concluded
187
Favour often gained with little assistance from under standing
188
The mischiefs of falsehood The character of Turpicula
189
The history of Abouzaid the son of Morad
190
The busy life of a young lady
191
Love unsuccessful without riches
192
The authors art of praising himself
193
A young noblemans progress in politeness
194
A young noblemans introduction to the knowledge of the town
195

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Strona 225 - I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance of its construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence.
Strona 58 - You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry " Hold, hold !
Strona 9 - It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom ; or that which is established because it is right, from that which is right only because it is established; that he may neither violate essential principles by a desire of novelty, nor debar himself from the attainment of beauties within his view, by a needless fear of breaking rules which no literary dictator had authority to enact.
Strona 300 - The same observation may be extended likewise to the passions : their influence is uniform, and their effects nearly the same in every human breast : a man loves and hates, desires and avoids, exactly like his neighbour ; resentment and ambition, avarice and indolence, discover themselves by the same symptoms in minds distant a thousand years from one another.
Strona 130 - ... we are on every side in danger of error and of guilt, which we are certain to avoid only by speedy forgiveness. From this pacific and harmless temper, thus propitious to others and ourselves, to domestic tranquillity and to social happiness, no man is withheld but by pride, by the fear of being insulted by his adversary, or despised by the world. It may be laid down as an unfailing and universal axiom, that " all pride is abject and mean.
Strona 129 - The man who retires to meditate mischief, and to exasperate his own rage ; whose thoughts are employed only on means of distress, and contrivances of ruin ; whose mind never pauses from the remembrance of his own sufferings, but to indulge some hope of enjoying the calamities of another, may justly be numbered among the most miserable of human beings, among those who are guilty without reward, who have neither the gladness of prosperity nor the calm of innocence.
Strona 122 - ... envy- is mere unmixed and genuine evil; it pursues a hateful end by despicable means, and desires not so much its own happiness as another's misery. To avoid depravity like this, it is not necessary that any one should aspire to heroism or sanctity, but only that he should resolve not to quit the rank which nature assigns him, and wish to maintain the dignity of a human being.
Strona 262 - Those who have past much of their lives in this great city, look upon its opulence and its multitudes, its extent and variety, with cold indifference ; but an inhabitant of the remoter parts of the kingdom is immediately distinguished by a kind of dissipated curiosity, a busy endeavour to divide his attention amongst a thousand objects, and a wild confusion of astonishment and alarm. The attention of a new comer is generally first struck by the multiplicity of cries that stun him in the streets,...
Strona 228 - The gates of hell are open night and day ; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way : But, to return, and view the cheerful skies — In this the task and mighty labour lies.
Strona 324 - Intrust thy fortune to the powers above. Leave them to manage for thee, and to grant What their unerring wisdom sees. thee want : In goodness, as in greatness, they excel ; Ah, that we lov'd ourselves but half so well!

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