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Quotations by author » Samuel Johnson
English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784
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"The labor of rising from the ground," said the artist, "will be great, as we see it in the heavier domestic fowls; but, as we mount higher, the earth's attraction, and the body's gravity, will be gradually diminished, till we shall arrive at a reg
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(Hanway) is to expect little justice from the author of this extract, a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle scarcely has time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.
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(King) was one of those who tried what Wit could perform, in opposition to Learning, on a question which Learning alone could decide
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...that what is obvious is not always known, and what is known is not always present.
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A book should teach us to enjoy life, or to endure it.
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A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.
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A country governed by a despot is an inverted cone.
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A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose
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A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden
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A coxcomb is ugly all over with the effectation of a fine gentleman.
IgnorancePrideStupidityVanity
A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing
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A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Civilization
A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being whose mind is not debauched will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge.
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A family is a little kingdom, torn with factions and exposed to revolutions.
Family
A fellow who makes no figure in company, and has a mind as narrow as the neck of a vinegar cruet.
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A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool on the other
Fishing
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse, and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still
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A Frenchman must be always talking, whether he knows anything of the matter or not; an Englishman is content to say nothing, when he has nothing to say.
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A friend may be often found and lost, but an old friend never can be found, and nature has provided that he cannot easily be lost.
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A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died; it was the triumph of hope over experience.
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