Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    A vow is a snare for sin.
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    Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
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    A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
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    A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
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    Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
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    Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.
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    Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
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    Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
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    It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
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    The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
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    A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.
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    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
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    A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
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    A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
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    A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.
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