Talking of our feeling for the distresses of others;MJOHNSON. "Why, Sir, there is much noise made about it, but it is greatly exag gerated.... BOSWELL. "But suppose now, Sir, that one of your intimate friends were apprehended for an offence for which he might be hanged." JOHNSON. "I should do what I could to bail him, and give him any other assistance; but if he were once fairly hanged, I would not suffer.... Sir, that sympathetic feeling goes a very little way in depressing the mind."

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I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

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I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to t ime the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.

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Johnson did not answer ...; but talking for victory and determined to be master of the field, he had recourse to the device which Goldsmith imputed to him in the witty words of one of Cibber's comedies. "There is no arguing with Johnson; for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it."

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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BOSWELL. "I have often blamed myself, Sir, for not feeling for others as sensibly as many say they do." JOHNSON. "Sir, don't be du ped by them any more. You will find these very feeling people are not very ready to do you good. They pay you by feeling."

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