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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Samuel Johnson

Top 10 Best Quotes

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

“Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content. No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of the spring: no man can, at the same time, fill his cup from the source and from the mouth of the Nile.”

“Nothing [...] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.”

“Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.”

“Our minds, like our bodies, are in continual flux; something is hourly lost, and something acquired... Do not suffer life to stagnate; it will grow muddy for want of motion: commit yourself again to the current of the world.”

“I have already enjoyed too much; give me something to desire.”

“Happiness," said he, "must be something solid and permanent, without fear and without uncertainty.”

“Be not too hasty," said Imlac, "to trust or to admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men.”

“Human life is every where a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.”

“Do not suffer life to stagnate, it will grow muddy for want of motion; commit yourself again to the current of the world.”

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knowledge, distance, pessimism, obstacles, achievement, perspective, effort, integrity, memory, the-great-cham

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