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...a little than nothing_; but he rigorously demands payment on the stated day, for _he that cannot pay one quarter cannot pay two_. If he is told of any improvements in agriculture, he likes the old way, has observed that changes very seldom answer expectation, is of opinion that our forefathers knew how to till the ground as well as we; and concludes with an argument that nothing can overpower, that the expense of planting and fencing is immediate, and the advantage distant, and that _He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty._.
Another of Sophron's rules is, _to mind no business but his own_. In the state, he is of no party; but hears and speaks of publick affairs with the same coldness as of the administration of some ancient republick. If any flagrant act of fraud or oppression is mentioned, he hopes that _all is not true that is told_: if misconduct or corruption puts the nation in a flame, he hopes _every man means well_. At elections he leaves his dependants to their own choice, and declines to vote... Johnson, Samuel
Excerpt from The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 04 The Adventurer; The Idler · This quote is about wisdom · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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