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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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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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All intellectual improvement arises from leisure

Leisure 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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Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Possibility Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice

Vice Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.

Wine Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.

Patience Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: The Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 352)

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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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While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

Grief 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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Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt

Suspicion Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The lust of gold succeeds the rage of conquest; The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless! The last corruption of degenerate man.

Gold Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Irene (act I, sc. 1)

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Let observation with extensive view, Survey mankind from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, And watch the busy scenes of crowded life.

Traveling Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Vanity of Human Wishes

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But here more slow, where all are slaves to gold, Where looks are merchandise, and smiles are sold.

Bribery Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 177)

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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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The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.

Freedom of the press 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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I like a good hater.

Hatred Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson (p. 89)

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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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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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Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

Abstinence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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