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96. Abuse of Power; Government
"I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of Government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual. Sir, the danger of the abuse of power is nothing to a private man."
Boswell: Life

389. Abuse of Power; Wit
"To proportion the eagerness of contest to its importance seems too hard a task for human wisdom. The pride of wit has kept ages busy in the discussion of useless questions, and the pride of power has destroyed armies, to gain or to keep unprofitable possessions."
Johnson: Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands

395. Abuse of Power; Negotiation
"To push advantages too far is neither generous nor just."
Johnson: Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands

435. Abuse of Power; Authority; Government
"...No form of government has yet been discovered by which cruelty can be wholly prevented. Subordination supposes power on the one part, and subjection on the other, and if power be in the hands of men, it will sometimes be abused. The vigilance of the supreme magistrate may do much, but much will still remain undone. He can never know all the crimes that are committed, and can seldom punish all that he knows."
Johnson: Rasselas [Imlac]
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1,355. Abuse of Power; Seduction
"I know not why it should afford subject of exultation, to overpower on any terms the resolution, or surprise the caution of a girl; but of all the boasters that deck themselves in the spoils of innocence and beauty, they surely have the least pretensions to triumph, who submit to owe their success to some casual influence. They neither employ the graces of fancy nor the force of understanding in their attempts; they cannot please their vanity with the art of their approaches, the delicacy of their adulations, the elegance of their address, or the efficacy of their eloquence; nor applaud themselves as possessed of any qualities by which affection is attracted. They surmount no obstacles, they defeat no rivals, but attack only those who cannot resist, and are often content to possess the body, without any solicitude to gain the heart."
Johnson: Rambler #170 (November 2, 1751); from "Misella," a fictional correspondent.

1,674. Abuse of Power
"Empires are broken down when the profits of administration are so great, that ambition is satisfied with obtaining them, and he that aspires to greatness needs do nothing more than talk himself into importance. He has then all the power which danger and conquest used formerly to give; he can raise a family, and reward his followers."
Johnson: Letter to John Taylor, (January 24, 1784)

1,708. Abuse of Power; Ireland
To an Irishman, on Ireland's political state: "Do not make a union with us, Sir. We should unite with you, only to rob you. We should have robbed the Scotch, if they had had any thing of which we could have robbed them."
Boswell: Life of Johnson

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