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Virtue and Vice
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890. Caution; Projection; Suspicion;
"Whoever ... is overrun with suspicion, and detects artifice and
stratagem in every proposal, must either have learned by
experience or observation the wickedness of mankind, and been
taught to avoid fraud by having often suffered or seen treachery;
or he must derive his judgment from the consciousness of his own
disposition, and impute to others the same inclinations which he
feels predominant in himself."
Johnson: Rambler #79 (December 18, 1750)
"We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because
they have never deceived us."
Johnson: Idler #80 (October 27, 1759)