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Quotes By Samuel Johnson


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Samuel Johnson:

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Writing.

Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetick.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Advertising.

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Idleness.

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Writing.

Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Greed.

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Language.

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.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Cowardice, Life.

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Military.

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Thrift.

Grief is a species of idleness.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Grief.

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Attitude.

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Pain.

Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Hope.

Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Hope.

How many may a man of diffusive conversation count among his acquaintances, whose lives have been signalized by numberless escapes; who never cross the river but in a storm, or take a journey into the country without more adventures than befell the knights-errant of ancient times in pathless forests or enchanted castles! How many must he know, to whom portents and prodigies are of daily occurrence; and for whom nature is hourly working wonders invisible to every other eye, only to supply them with subjects of conversation?
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Exaggeration.

It is generally agreed, that few men are made better by affluence or exaltation.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Prosperity.

Knock the "t" off the "can't."
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Confidence.

Language is the dress of thought.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Language.

Pain is less subject than pleasure to careless expression.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Pain.

Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Idleness.

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Happiness.

Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Pain.

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Pain.

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes - Category: Advertising, Promises.

Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes, Recalling the Advice of a College Tutor, Boswell, Life of Johnson, 1791 - Category: Writing.

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