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Quotations by author » Samuel Johnson
English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784
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A jest breaks no bones
Jest
A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.
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A lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause which he undertakes, unless his client asks his opinion, and then he is bound to give it honestly. The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.
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A man had rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be told
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A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing to another man than he has to knock him down.
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A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek
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A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him
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A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
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A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it
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A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
Genius
A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good
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A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
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A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion
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A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected
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A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
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A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see
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A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.
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A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit
Meaning
A man will turn over half a library to make one book
Books
A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one
Men
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