Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    It was his peculiar happiness that he scarcely ever found a stranger whom he did not leave a friend; but it must likewise be added, that he had not often a friend long without obliging him to become a stranger.
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    Its proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.
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    Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
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    Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
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    Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself.
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    Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
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    Knowledge is of two kinds: We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it.
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    Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.
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    Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
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    Language is the dress of thought.
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    Language is the pedigree of nations.
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    Laws teach us to know when we commit injury and when we suffer it.
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    Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.
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    Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.
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    Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.