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[Samuel Johnson.]

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91 Year Old Civil War Veteran Samuel Johnson at Memorial Day Parade Wilmington

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"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."


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"A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table than when his wife talks Greek."


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"A am a great friend of public amusements they keep people from vice."


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"He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts."


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"Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use."


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"Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise."


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"The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it but is always breaking away from the present moment and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope."


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"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."


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"No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction."


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"There is nothing Sir too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible."


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"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life he will soon find himself left alone. A man sir should keep his friendship in a constant repair."


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"We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found and each believes it possessed by others to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself."


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"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition the end to which every enterprise and labor tends and of which every desire prompts the prosecution."


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"Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions."


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"To keep your secret is wisdom but to expect others to keep it is folly."


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"The happiest part of a mans life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning."


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"Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles."


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"What we hope ever to do with ease we must learn first to do with diligence."


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"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."


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"Disease generally begins that equality which death completes."


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"Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little."


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"Of all noises I think music is the least disagreeable."


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"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."


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"The world is seldom what it seems to man who dimly sees realities appear as dreams and dreams realities."


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"Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test."


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"No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail for being in a ship is being in a jail with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room better food and commonly better company."


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"No man was ever great by imitation."


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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves or we know where we can find information upon it."


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"He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage."


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"In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it."


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"There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both but by too much prudence may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either."


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"Exercise is labor without weariness."


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"Courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you havent courage you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others."


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"Prepare for death if here at night you roam and sign your will before you sup from home."


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"I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual."


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"There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money."


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"The greatest part of a writers time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book."


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"There are few things that we so unwillingly give up even in advanced age as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex."


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"Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them."


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"Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise."


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"It is dangerous for mortal beauty or terrestrial virtue to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot and all that we would not see."


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"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."


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"The future is purchased by the present."


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"Getting money is not all a mans business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life."


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"Dictionaries are like watches the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true."


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"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."


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"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."


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"Friendship like love is destroyed by long absence though it may be increased by short intermissions."


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"The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love like being enlivened with champagne."


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"The true art of memory is the art of attention."


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"Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife he is always proud of himself as the source of it."


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"Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess."


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"The return of my birthday if I remember it fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape."


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"I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature to make any mans virtues the means of deceiving him."


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"All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse he may learn to enjoy it."


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"It is better to suffer wrong than to do it and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust."


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"Small debts are like small shot they are rattling on every side and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon of loud noise but little danger."


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"Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not."


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"There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No Sir there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."


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"Power is not sufficient evidence of truth."


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"Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure."


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"It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy which would be the case in a general state of equality."


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"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be to see them as they are."


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"Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth."


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"Man alone is born crying lives complaining and dies disappointed."


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"Bachelors have consciences married men have wives."


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"All theory is against freedom of the will all experience for it."


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"It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world."


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"Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance."


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"Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness it certainly destroys liberty and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult."


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"The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope."


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"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything."


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"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."


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"You cant be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute whos for you and whos against you."


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"Let me smile with the wise and feed with the rich."


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"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."


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"If your determination is fixed I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength but perseverance."


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"Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle."


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"Your manuscript is both good and original but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good."


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"To love one that is great is almost to be great ones self."


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"All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil."


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"You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay you do more good to them by spending it in luxury than by giving it for by spending it in luxury you make them exert industry whereas by giving it you keep them idle."


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"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern."


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