Samuel Johnson quote about performance from The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia - Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
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Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
 Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759). copy citation

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“«Do not disturb your mind,» said Imlac, «with other hopes or fears than reason may suggest; if you are pleased with the prognostics of good, you will be terrified likewise with tokens of evil, and your whole life will be a prey to superstition. Whatever facilitates our work is more than an omen; it is a cause of success. This is one of those pleasing surprises which often happen to active resolution. Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.»
p. 64CHAPTER XIV
RASSELAS AND IMLAC RECEIVE AN UNEXPECTED VISIT. They had now wrought their way to the middle, and solaced their toil with the approach of liberty, when the Prince, coming down to refresh himself with air, found his sister Nekayah standing at the mouth of the cavity.” source

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