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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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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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Without economy none can be rich, and with it few will be poor.

Economy Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Flattery Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

Grief Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great.

Guilt Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Habit 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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Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Labor Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

Life Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

Literature Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Get together a hundred or two men, however sensible they may be, and you are very likely to have a mob.

Mob Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice.

Music Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He that thinks he can afford to be negligent is not far from being poor.

Neglect Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.

Optimism Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.

Perfection Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.

Pity Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Poetry Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

Praise Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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The future is purchased by the present.

Present 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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Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.

Prudence Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.

Retirement Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Secrecy Quotes, by Samuel Johnson

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