The works of Samuel Johnson, المجلد 4

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The mischiefs of following a patron
35
Praise universally desired The failings of eminent men often imitated
40
The impotence of wealth The visit of Serotinus to the place of his nativity
44
Favour not easily gained by the poor
49
The marriage of Hymenæus and Tranquilla
53
Poetry debased by mean expressions An example from Shakespeare
57
Presumption of modern criticism censured Ancient
58
Labour necessary to excellence
61
The history of Misella debauched by her relation
65
Misellas description of the life of a prostitute
69
The effect of sudden riches upon the manners
75
Unreasonable fears of pedantry
79
The mischiefs of unbounded raillery History of Di
83
The majority are wicked
87
Directions to authors attacked by criticks The vari ous degrees of critical perspicacity
91
An account of a club of antiquaries
95
Many advantages not to be enjoyed together
99
The awkward merriment of a student
102
The study of life not to be neglected for the sake of books
106
The history of an adventurer in lotteries
110
The history of Leviculus the fortunehunter
115
The influence of envy and interest compared
119
The subject of essays often suggested by chance Chance equally prevalent in other affairs
123
The prohibition of revenge justifiable by reason The meanness of regulating our conduct by the opinions of men
127
Anningait and Ajut a Greenland history
131
The history of Anningait and Ajut concluded
135
Favour often gained with little assistance from under standing
139
The mischiefs of falsehood The character of Turpicula
143
The history of Abouzaid the son of Morad
146
The busy life of a young lady
151
Love unsuccessful without riches
156
The authors art of praising himself
160
A young noblemans progress in politeness
164

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الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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 !
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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,...
الصفحة 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.
الصفحة 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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