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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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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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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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Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century The man who has never had religion before, no more grows religious when he is sick, than a man who has never learned figures can count when he has need of calculation.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796 [Dr. Johnson to a Quaker:] Oh, let us not be found, when our Master calls us, ripping the lace off our waistcoats, but the spirit of contention from our souls and tongues.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 A student may easily exhaust his life in comparing divines and moralists without any practical regard to morals and religion; he may be learning not to live but to reason... while the chief use of his volumes is unthought of, his mind is unaffected, and his life is unreformed.

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, I again appear in Thy presence the wretched misspender of another year which Thy mercy has allowed me. O Lord let me not sink into total depravity, look down upon me, and rescue me at last from the captivity of sin. Impart to me good resolutions, and give me strength and perseverance to perform them. Take not from me Thy Holy Spirit, but grant that I may redeem the time lost, and that by temperance and diligence, by sincere repentance and faithful obedience I may finally attain everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Friendship Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

Cliches and one-liners 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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He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

Charity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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There are charms made only for distant admiration.

Charm Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.

Complaint Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.

Contrast Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The lustre of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.

Contrast Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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