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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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Remarriage: A triumph of hope over experience.

The sexes Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.

Virtue Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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When people find a man of the most distinguished abilities as a writer their inferior while he is with them, it must be highly gratifying to them.

Ability Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Absurdity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.

Anticipation Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

Courage Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child's rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man's whore.

Generations Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

History Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Anecdotes are the gleaming toys of history. The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

History Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

Hope Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.

Idleness Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.

Labor Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

Music Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.

Novelty Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.

Perspective Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.

Piety Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.

Pride Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Some people wave their dogmatic thinking until their own reason is entangled.

Rhetoric Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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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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The longer we live the more we think and the higher the value we put on friendship and tenderness towards parents and friends.

Value Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He who has provoked the shaft of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.

Wit Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.

Wonder Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 We took tea, by Boswell's desire; and I eat one bun, I think, that I might not be seen to fast ostentatiously. When I find that so much of my life has stolen unprofitably away, and that I can descry by retrospection scarcely a few single days properly and vigorously employed, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try, because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal. I try, in humble hope of the help of God.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 Almighty and most merciful Father, by Whose providence my life has been prolonged, and Who has granted me now to begin another year of probation, vouchsafe me such assistance of Thy Holy Spirit, that the continuance of my life may not add to the measure of my guilt, but that I may so repent of the days and years passed in neglect of the duties which Thou hast set before me, in vain thoughts, in sloth, and in folly, that I may apply my heart to true wisdom, by diligence redeem the time lost, and by repentance, obtain pardon, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Easter Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast preserved me by Thy fatherly care through all the years of my past life, and now permittest me again to commemorate the sufferings and merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, grant me so to partake of this holy rite, that the disquiet of my mind may be appeased, that my faith may be increased, my hope strengthened, and my life regulated by Thy Will. Make me truly thankful for that portion of health which Thy mercy has restored, and enable me to use the remains of life to Thy glory and my own salvation. Take not from me, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit. Extinguish in my mind all sinful and inordinate desires. Let me resolve to do that which is right, and let me by Thy help keep my resolutions. Let me, if it is best for me, at last know peace and comfort, but whatever state of life Thou shalt appoint me, let me end it by a happy death, and enjoy eternal happiness in Thy presence, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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