Aphorisms on Man

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J. Johnson, 1794 - Aphorisms and apothegms - 224 pages
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Page 64 - GIVING AND ASKING. I LIKE him who can ask boldly without impudence; he has faith in humanity; he has faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to give grandly can ask boldly. He who goes round about in his demands, commonly wants more than he wishes to appear to want. He who accepts crawlingly, will give superciliously.
Page 220 - I hope : but know, a great many rules cannot be given by him who means not to offend, and many of mine have perhaps offended already; believe me, for him who has an open ear and eye, every minute teems with observations of precious import, yet scarcely communicable to the most faithful friend; so incredibly weak, so vulnerable in certain points, is man; forbear to meddle with these at your first setting out, and make amusement the minister of reflection : sacrifice all...
Page 102 - Between the best and the worst, there are, you say, innumerable degrees — and you are right; but admit that I am right too, in saying that the best and the worst differ only in one thing — in the object of their love. Would to God that every one would consider this.
Page 6 - The story of the painter and the prince is well known. To get at the best piece in the artist's collection the prince ordered " Fire ! " to be cried in the neighbourhood.
Page 23 - But to abstain from laughing, and exciting laughter, merely not to offend, or to risk giving offence, or not to debase the inward dignity of character — is a power unknown to many a vigorous mind.
Page 221 - A gift — its kind, its value and appearance; the silence or the pomp that attends it; the style in which it reaches you, may decide the dignity or vulgarity of the giver.
Page 213 - ... world of nations, classes, and individuals; full of friendships, enmities, indifferences; full of being and decay, of life and death; the past the present, and the future : the springs of health and engines of disease: here joy and grief, hope and fear, love and hate, fluctuate, and toss the sullen and the gay, the hero and the coward, the giant and the dwarf, deformity and beauty, on ever-restless waves.
Page 131 - He loves unalterably who keeps within the bounds of love ; who always shews somewhat less than what he is possessed of— nor ever utters a syllable, or gives a hint, of more than what in fact remains behind — is just and friendly...
Page 74 - Aflc yourfelf of every one you are concerned with what can I '•give .him ? what is he in want of? what is...
Page 17 - Who, without pressing temptation, tells a lie, will, without pressing temptation, act ignobly and meanly. Who, under pressing temptations to lie, adheres to truth, nor to the profane betrays aught of a sacred trust, is near the summit of wisdom and virtue.

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