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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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Dr Johnson     Dr Samuel Johnson
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Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

Nature Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms.

Dedication Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Diligence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument

Discrimination Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Ethics Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

Injustice Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author

Quotations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Large offers and sturdy rejections are among the most common topics of falsehood

Rejection Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Patriotism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the runs of Iona.

Patriotism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: A Journey to the Western Islands--Inch Kenneth

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Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child's rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man's whore.

Generations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Secrets Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Easter Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast preserved me by Thy fatherly care through all the years of my past life, and now permittest me again to commemorate the sufferings and merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, grant me so to partake of this holy rite, that the disquiet of my mind may be appeased, that my faith may be increased, my hope strengthened, and my life regulated by Thy Will. Make me truly thankful for that portion of health which Thy mercy has restored, and enable me to use the remains of life to Thy glory and my own salvation. Take not from me, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit. Extinguish in my mind all sinful and inordinate desires. Let me resolve to do that which is right, and let me by Thy help keep my resolutions. Let me, if it is best for me, at last know peace and comfort, but whatever state of life Thou shalt appoint me, let me end it by a happy death, and enjoy eternal happiness in Thy presence, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 It is by affliction chiefly that the heart of man is purified, and that the thoughts are fixed on a better state. Prosperity has power to intoxicate the imagination, to fix the mind upon the present scene, to produce confidence and elation, and to make him who enjoys affluence and honors forget the hand by which they were bestowed. It is seldom that we are otherwise than by affliction awakened to a sense of our imbecility, or taught to know how little all our acquisitions can conduce to safety or quiet, and how justly we may inscribe to the superintendence of a higher power those blessings which in the wantonness of success we considered as the attainments of our policy and courage.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 O God, Who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labor, and Who, by Thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect; look with mercy upon my studies and endeavors. Grant me, O Lord, to design only what is lawful and right, and afford me calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that I may so do Thy will in this short life, as to obtain happiness in the world to come, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885 Continuing a short series on prayer: Madness frequently discovers itself merely by unnecessary deviation from the usual modes of the world. My poor friend Christopher Smart showed the disturbance of his mind, by falling upon his knees, and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unusual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is greater madness not to pray at all, than to pray as Smart did, I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, that their understanding is not called in question... I did not think he ought to be shut up. His infirmities were not noxious to society. He insisted on people praying with him; and I'd as lief pray with Kit Smart as any.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

Achievement Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation of his defense.

Slander Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.

Benevolence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

Cheating Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool on the other

Fishing Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

Opportunity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He that tries to recommend (Shakespeare) by select quotations, will succeed like the pedant in "Hierocles", who, when he offered his house to sale, carried a brick in his pocket as a specimen

Quotations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.

Stupidity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson, of R.B. Sheridan

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A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

Ingratitude Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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