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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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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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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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