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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Possibility 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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Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author

Quotations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

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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Whoever envies another confesses his superiority

Superiority 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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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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Of all the griefs that harass the distress'd, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest; Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart, Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.

Proverbs Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 165)

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He threatens many that hath injured one.

Proverbs Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 165)

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I from the jaws of a gardener's bitch Snatched this bone and then leapt the ditch.

Proverbs Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 165)

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Let them call it mischief; Then it is past and prosper'd, 'twill be virtue.

Proverbs Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 165)

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In misery's darkest caverns known, His useful care was ever nigh, Where hopeless Anguish pour'd his groan, And lonely want retir'd to die.

Philanthropy Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Verses on the On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet (st. 5), in Boswell's "Life of Johnson" (1782)

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The stream of Time, which is continually washing the dissoluble fabrics of other poets, passes without injury by the adamant of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Preface to Works of Shakspere

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Books have always a secret influence on the understanding; we cannot at pleasure obliterate ideas: he that reads books of science, though without any desire fixed of improvement, will grow more knowing; he that entertains himself with moral or religious treatises, will imperceptibly advance in goodness; the ideas which are often offered to the mind, will at last find a lucky moment when it is disposed to receive them.

Reading Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: The Adventurer (no. 137)

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A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

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

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What is twice read is commonly better remembered that what is transcribed.

Reading Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: The Idler (no. 74)

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I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Argument Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of 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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Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

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

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Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.

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

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I remember a passage in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: "I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing."

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

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Fine clothes are good only as they supply the want of other means of procuring respect.

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

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The first years of man must make provision for the last.

Prudence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rasselas (ch. XVII)

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