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Quote-Samuel Johnson

“No man was ever great by imitation.”

from Rasselas by Samuel Johnson, Chapter X

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Quote-Jane Austen

On the subject of Mr. Collins:

“The stupidity with which he was favoured by nature must guard his courtship from any charm that could make a woman wish for its continuance.”

from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, chapter 22.

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Quote-Jane Austen

Little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.”

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Quote-Russell Banks

“It’s not so much that you will say things when drunk that you’d never say when sober, as much as you will try to say things you’d ordinarily know simply could not be said. It’s your judgment about the sayable that goes, not your inhibitions.”

From “Comfort”  Trailerpark by Russell Banks.

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Quote-Samuel Johnson

Poverty has, in very large cities, very different appearances: it is often concealed in splendour, and often in extravagence. It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest: they support themselves by temporary expedients, every day is lost in contriving for the morrow.”

–from Rasselas, Chapter XXV by Samuel Johnson

Rasselas makes my top ten book list. Published in 1759, Johnson’s words still work in today’s world. Can’t tell you the number of times I think of that quote….

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