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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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About Samuel Johnson

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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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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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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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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