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Virtue and Vice
453. Conviviality; Good Humor
"There are few doors through which liberality, joined with good
humor, cannot find its way."
Johnson: Rasselas [Narrator]
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798. Arrogance; Good Humor
"Without good humour, learning and bravery can only confer that
superiority which swells the heart of the lion in the desert,
where he roars without reply, and ravages without resistance.
Without good humour virtue may awe by its dignity and amaze by
its brightness, but must always be viewed at a distance, and will
scarcely gain a friend or attract an imitator."
Johnson: Rambler #72 (November 24, 1750)
1,115. Conviviality; Good Humor
"In things which are not immediately subject to religious or
moral consideration, it is dangerous to be too long or too
rigidly in the right."
Johnson: Rambler #112 (April 13, 1751)