Samuel Johnson Quotes

Samuel Johnson

English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)

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When people find a man of the most distinguished abilities as a writer their inferior while he is with them, it must behighly gratifying to them.

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Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetick...

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A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

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Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.

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The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

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Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

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In solitude we have our dreams to ourselves, and in company we agree to dream in concert.

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In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.

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Secure, whate'er he gives, he gives the best.

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We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

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I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.

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Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.

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Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.

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A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, Never in the tongue of him that makes it.

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Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.

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He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts

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A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.

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When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

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It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilised society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.

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The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.

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When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.

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Order is a lovely nymph, the child of Beauty and Wisdom; her attendants are Comfort, Neatness, and Activity; her abode is the valley of happiness: she is always to be found when sought for, and never appears so lovely as when contrasted with her opponent, Disorder.

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The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm.

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

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Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.

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Men seldom give pleasure where they are not pleased themselves.

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The first years of man make provision for the last.

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Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

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Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

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Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

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Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.

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Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

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What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before, prove false again? Two hundred more.

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All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.

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Words are but the signs of ideas.

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We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

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Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

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The Irish are a fair people - they never speak well of one another.

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Grief is a species of idleness.

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

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There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.

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The Irish are a fair people - they never speak well of one another.

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Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood.

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Being in a ship is like being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

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A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.

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Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.

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I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

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What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.

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The Irish are a fair people - they never speak well of one another

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No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

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You must have taken great pains, sir; you could not naturally been so very stupid.

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Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

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I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

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I have found you an argument: but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

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network: anything reticulated or decussated, with interstices between the intersections

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Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

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While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

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An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.

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Our aspirations are our possibilities.

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Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

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As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

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The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

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A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

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Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult.

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

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Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.

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Of all the griefs that harass the distrest,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

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Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

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In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

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There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.

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If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.

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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

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There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it.

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Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

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It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

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The world is not yet exhaused; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

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Hope is necessary in every condition.

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You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.

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No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

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If you are idle, be not solitary. If you are solitary, be not idle.

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A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.

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Hope itself is a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

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Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

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Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

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Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

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Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

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When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.

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Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

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It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

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Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

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A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.

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You teach your daugthers the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

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To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.

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No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

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He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.

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