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A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.

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If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?

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   Pain
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Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see.

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   Worth
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Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.

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I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

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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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   Good
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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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   Happiness
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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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   Happiness
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There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.

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   Life
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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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   Money
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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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   Age
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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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   Great
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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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   Truth
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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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   Life
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He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

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

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Samuel Johnson

   Love
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The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

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Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.

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Samuel Johnson

   Adversity
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That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner.

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You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.

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