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1. Chesterfield; Patronage
"Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man
struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached
ground, encumbers him with help?"
Johnson: Letter to Chesterfield
21. Patronage; Vanity
"Every man believes that mistresses are unfaithful, and patrons
capricious; but he excepts his own mistress, and his own patron.
We have all learned that greatness is negligent and contemptuous,
and that in Courts life is often languished away in ungratified
expectation; but he that approaches greatness, or glitters in a
Court, imagines that destiny has at last exempted him from the
1,081. Greed; Patronage; Toadies;
"It is dangerous for mean minds to venture themselves within the
sphere of greatness. Stupidity is soon blinded by the splendour
of wealth, and cowardice is easily fettered in the shackles of
dependence. To solicit patronage is, at least, in the event, to
set virtue to sale. None can be pleased without praise, and few
can be praised without falsehood; few can be assiduous without
servility, and none can be servile without corruption."
Johnson: Rambler #104 (March 16, 1751)