To be of no church is dangerous. Religion, of which the rewards are distant, and which is animated only by faith and hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship, and the salutary influence of example.
Life of Milton.
The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together.Samuel Johnson
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.Samuel Johnson
This mournful truth is ev'rywhere confessed Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed.Samuel Johnson
It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find any thing to say.Samuel Johnson
"I fly from pleasure," said the prince, "because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others."Samuel Johnson
Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanicks laughs at strength.Samuel Johnson
In misery's darkest cavern known, His useful care was ever nigh Where hopeless anguish pour'd his groan, And lonely want retir'd to die.Samuel Johnson
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.Samuel Johnson
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.Samuel Johnson
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us.Samuel Johnson
The first years of man must make provision for the last.Samuel Johnson
And sure th' Eternal Master found His single talent well employ'd.Samuel Johnson
All argument is against it; but all belief is for it.Samuel Johnson
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.Samuel Johnson
Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation, part of the chosen trappings of folly! The one completes a villain, the other only finishes a fop. Contempt is the proper punishment of affectation, and detestation the just consequence of hypocrisy.Samuel Johnson
The lust of gold succeeds the rage of conquest; The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless! The last corruption of degenerate man.Samuel Johnson
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.Samuel Johnson
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