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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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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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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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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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Round numbers are always false.

Lying Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Johnsoniana--Apothegms, Sentiment, etc., From Hawkin's Collective Addition

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And sure the Eternal Master found The single talent well employ'd.

Occupations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Verses on the On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet (st. 7)

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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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He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life away in fruitless efforts.

Nature 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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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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Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Patriotism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

Pain Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be renewed by intervals of absence.

Life Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own

Agriculture Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

Revenge Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.

Royalty Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Life of Milton

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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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Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

Revenge Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be known.

Lying Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away.

Innocence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 293)

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Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

Desire Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

Heroism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil.

Fraud Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Language Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Preface to his English Dictionary

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