Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.
Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.
No man likes to live under the eye of perpetual disapprobation.
Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a gray one.
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.
Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Category: Editing And Editors
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.