The Works of Samuel Johnson: The Rambler

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W. Pickering, London; and Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford, 1825

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The thoughts to be brought under regulation as they respect the past present and future
The fondness of every man for his profession The gradual improve ment of manufactures
Four billets with their answers Remarks on masquerades
The folly of anger The misery of a peevish old age
The history of a young woman that came to London for a service
The duty of secrecy The invalidity of all excuses for betraying se crets
The difference between an authors writings and his conversation
The folly of cards A letter from a lady that has lost her money
The dangers and miseries of a literary eminence
The frequent contemplation of death necessary to moderate the pas sions
The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives of choice
The danger of ranging from one study to another The importance of the early choice of a profession
The folly and inconvenience of affectation
The gay widows impatience of the growth of her daughter The his
The desire of wealth moderated by philosophy
Nems PAGE 61 A Londoners visit to the country
A young ladys impatience to see London
Inconstancy not always a weakness
The requisites to true friendship
Obidah and the hermit an eastern story
Passion not to be eradicated The views of women ill directed
The garden of Hope a dream
Every man chiefly happy or miserable at home The opinion of ser vants not to be despised
The miseries and prejudice of old age
Different men virtuous in different degrees The vicious not always abandoned
No man believes that his own life will be short
The necessity of good humour

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