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Germany's Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain's David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and sound glum. And France's leader, Francois Hollande, seems determined to drive every successful businessman out of the country.


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SAMUEL JOHNSON
I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Caring is a powerful business advantage.
SCOTT JOHNSON
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a years.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Woman, the more careful she is about her face, the more careless about her house.
BEN JOHNSON
It is, indeed, at home that every man must be known by those who would make a just estimate either o...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
No one ever became great by imitation.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
I know not any thing more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no othe...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despise...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour to...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
We do pretty much whatever we want to.
PHILIP JOHNSON
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Sir, I have no objection to a man's drinking wine, if he can do it in moderation. I found myself apt...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
All architects want to live beyond their deaths.
PHILIP JOHNSON
The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effront...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
A good poet's made as well as born.
BEN JOHNSON
No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
He that outlives a wife whom he has long loved, sees himself disjoined from the only mind that has t...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather th...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
I'll give anything for a good copy now, be it true or false, so it be news.
BEN JOHNSON
Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
In a man's letters you know, Madam, his soul lies naked, his letters are only the mirror of his brea...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a s...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
SAMUEL JOHNSON