Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
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    A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.


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    A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
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    A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
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    A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.
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    A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.
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    A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation - a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something.
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    A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.
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    Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
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    Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
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    Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
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    All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.
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    All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
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    All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
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    Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?