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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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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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A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.

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

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London! the needy villain's general home, The common sewer of Paris and of Rome! With eager thirst, by folly or by fate, Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state.

London Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 93)

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The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England.

Scotland Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson (vol. II, ch. V)

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This mournful truth is everywhere confess'd, Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd.

Worth Quotes, by Samuel Johnson , Source: London (l. 175)

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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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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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