431. Old Age; Mortality;
...in the decline of life shame and grief are of short duration;
whether it be that we bear easily what we have borne long; or
that, finding ourselves in age less regarded, we less regard
others; or, that we look with slight regard upon afflictions to
which we know that the hand of death is about to put an end.
Johnson: Rasselas [Narrator]
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1,387. Criticism; Sensitivity;
"The animadversions of critics are commonly such as may easily
provoke the sedatest writer to some quickness of resentment and
asperity of reply."
Johnson: Rambler #176 (November 23, 1751)
"He that too much refines his delicacy will always endanger his
Johnson: Rambler #200 (February 15, 1752)