Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
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    And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
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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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    As the Spanish proverb says, ''He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.'' So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
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    At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.
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    Attention and respect give pleasure, however late, or however useless. But they are not useless, when they are late, it is reasonable to rejoice, as the day declines, to find that it has been spent with the approbation of mankind.
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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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    Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.

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    Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, ''I did not give it to the man, but to humanity.
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    Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
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    Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
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    Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
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    Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
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    By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
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    Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.