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Quotes by Samuel Johnson

'Composition is for the most part an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.'

'The sole end of literature should be to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.'

'Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.'

'What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.’

'The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.'

'A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.'

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