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972. Ego Defenses; Superficiality; Truth; Vanity; Virtue
"Though truth and virtue are ... frequently defeated by pride, obstinacy, or folly, we are not allowed to desert them; for whoever can furnish arms which they hitherto have not employed, may enable them to gain some hearts which would have resisted any other method of attack. Every man of genius has some art of fixing the attention peculiar to himself, by which, honestly exerted, he may benefit mankind; for the arguments for purity of life fail of their due influence, not because they have been considered and confuted, but because they have been passed over without consideration."
Johnson: Rambler #87 (January 15, 1751)

1,265. Ego Defenses; Self Knowledge
"No weakness of the human mind has more frequently incurred animadversion than the negligence with which men overlook their own faults, however flagrant, and the easiness with which they pardon them, however frequently repeated."
Johnson: Rambler #155 (September 10, 1751)

1,654. Ego-Defenses; Fashion
"Much the greater part of those who pretend to laugh at foppery and formality, secretly wish to have possessed those qualifications which they pretend to despise; and because they find it difficult to wash away the tincture which they have so deeply imbibed, endeavour to harden themselves in a sullen approbation of their own colour. Neutrality is a state, into which the busy passions of man cannot easily subside; and he who is in danger of the pangs of envy, is generally forced to recreate his imagination with an effort of comfort."
Johnson: Adventurer #131 (February 5, 1754)

1,766. Complacency; Ego Defenses; Vanity
"Vanity inclines us to find faults any where rather than in ourselves."
Johnson: Idler #70 (August 18, 1759)

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