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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.

Habit Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rasselas (ch. XII)

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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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Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.

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

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How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.

Guilt Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Irene (act IV, sc, 8)

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Our supple tribes repress their patriot throats, And ask no questions but the price of votes.

Bribery Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 95)

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This man [Chesterfield] I thought had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.

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

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I wish there were some cure, like the lover's leap, for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession.

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

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As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.

Fanaticism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rambler (#173)

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Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite.

Fanaticism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rambler (#173)

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Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

Fanaticism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rambler (#173)

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The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity.

Fanaticism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Rambler (#173)

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For I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

Eating Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson (vol. III, ch. 9)

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For a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.

Eating Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson

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There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern of inn.

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

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

Temperance Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: in Hannah More's "Johnsoniana", 467

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All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.

Will Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life

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The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live.

Acting Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: a prologue spoken by Mr. Garrick on opening Drury Lane Theatre

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When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Distrust Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Irene (act IV, sc. 1, l. 87)

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A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity not conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.

Distrust Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Irene (act IV, sc. 1, l. 87)

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"He was a very good hater."

Hatred Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson (p. 38)

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Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

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

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I am glad that he thanks God for anything.

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

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Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.

Ignorance Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: in reply to lady asking why "pastern" was defined in dictionary as "the knee of a horse"

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The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.

Knowledge Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Memory Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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