Quotes by Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Alive from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A vow is a snare for sin.
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    A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
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    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
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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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    As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
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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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    He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.
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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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    If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
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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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    Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
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    Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
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    No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
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    Prejudice not being funded on reason cannot be removed by argument.
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