Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.
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    Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.
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    Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.
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    Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
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    Every man has a lurking wish to appear considerable in his native place.
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    Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
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    Every man has, some time in his life, an ambition to be a wag.
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    Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.
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    Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
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    Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
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    Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
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    Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.
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    Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.
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    Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
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    Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.