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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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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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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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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.

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

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Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect. [Fr., La moquerie est souvent une indigence d'esprit.]

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

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We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

Wealth Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: remark on the sale of Thrale's Brewery, 1781

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As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in traveling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.

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

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Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known.

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

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The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

Traveling Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Piozzi's Johnsoniana (154)

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The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.

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

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Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.

Fear Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Recollections of Johnson, From Miss Reynolds

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Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

Fear Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Recollections of Johnson, From Miss Reynolds

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I live in the crowds of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.

Society Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rasselas (ch. XVI)

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Yet still he fills affection's eye, Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind.

Obscurity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Verses on the On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet

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Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help?

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

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To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear, To pour at will the counterfeited tear; And, as their patron hints the cold or heat, To shake in dog-days, in December sweat.

Courtiers Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 140)

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Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.

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

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Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.

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

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His conversation does not show the minute hand; but he strikes the hour very correctly.

Conversation Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Johnsoniana--Kearsley (l. 604)

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He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.

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

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I fly from pleasure, because pleasure has ceased to please: I am lonely because I am miserable.

Pleasure Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rasselas (ch. III)

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