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208 Famous Quotes by Samuel Johnson
9/18/1709 - 12/13/1784
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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 It is by affliction chiefly that the heart of man is purified, and that the thoughts are fixed on a better state. Prosperity has power to intoxicate the imagination, to fix the mind upon the present scene, to produce confidence and elation, and to make him who enjoys affluence and honors forget the hand by which they were bestowed. It is seldom that we are otherwise than by affliction awakened to a sense of our imbecility, or taught to know how little all our acquisitions can conduce to safety or quiet, and how justly we may inscribe to the superintendence of a higher power those blessings which in the wantonness of success we considered as the attainments of our policy and courage.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 O God, Who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labor, and Who, by Thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect; look with mercy upon my studies and endeavors. Grant me, O Lord, to design only what is lawful and right, and afford me calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that I may so do Thy will in this short life, as to obtain happiness in the world to come, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christianity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885 Continuing a short series on prayer: Madness frequently discovers itself merely by unnecessary deviation from the usual modes of the world. My poor friend Christopher Smart showed the disturbance of his mind, by falling upon his knees, and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unusual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is greater madness not to pray at all, than to pray as Smart did, I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, that their understanding is not called in question... I did not think he ought to be shut up. His infirmities were not noxious to society. He insisted on people praying with him; and I'd as lief pray with Kit Smart as any.

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. -Samuel Johnson.

Friendship 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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Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

Achievement 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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Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

Compromise 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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Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.

Criticism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The difference between coarse and refined abuse is the difference between being bruised by a club and wounded by a poisoned arrow.

Cruelty Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.

Debt Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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No degree of knowledge attainable by man is able to set him above the want of hourly assistance.

Dependence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Diligence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.

Diligence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Disease is a physical process that generally begins that equality which death completes.

Disease Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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