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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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The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Memory Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.

Quotes Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Round numbers are always false.

Statistics Quotes, by 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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