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Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
English author, critic, & lexicographer [more author details]
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Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
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Samuel Johnson
Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
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Samuel Johnson
Such seems to be the disposition of man, that whatever makes a distinction produces rivalry.
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Samuel Johnson
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
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Samuel Johnson
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
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Samuel Johnson
The world is not yet exhaused; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.
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Samuel Johnson
There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.
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Samuel Johnson
Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.
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Samuel Johnson
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
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Samuel Johnson
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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Samuel Johnson
When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.
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Samuel Johnson
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.
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Samuel Johnson
Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.
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Samuel Johnson
You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.
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Samuel Johnson
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
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Samuel Johnson, (attributed)
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.
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Samuel Johnson, (attributed)
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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Samuel Johnson, (attributed; also attributed to Ann Landers)
It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
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Samuel Johnson, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
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Samuel Johnson, as quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson (May 8th, 1781)
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
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Samuel Johnson, Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
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