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Quotations by author » Samuel Johnson
English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784
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As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.
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At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.
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Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds
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Attainment is followed by neglect, possession by disgust, and the malicious remark of the Greek epigrammatist on marriage may be applied to many another course of life, that its two days of happiness are the first and the last
AchievementHappinessMarriage
Attention and respect give pleasure, however late, or however useless. But they are not useless, when they are late, it is reasonable to rejoice, as the day declines, to find that it has been spent with the approbation of mankind.
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Avarice is always poor
Greed
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
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Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
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Be not solitary, be not idle. / Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.
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Be not too hasty to trust or to admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men
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Beauty has often overpowered the resolutions of the firm, and the reasonings of the wise, roused the old to sensibility, and subdued the rigorous to softness
Beauty
Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
Chance
Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, ''I did not give it to the man, but to humanity.
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Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.
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Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
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Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
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BOSWELL: I do indeed come from Scotland, but I cannot help it . . . JOHNSON: That, Sir, I find, is what a very great many of your countrymen cannot help.
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Boswell: Is not the Giant's Causeway worth seeing? Johnson: Worth seeing? yes; but not worth going to see
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Boswell: It is impossible to refute it - Johnson, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, answered, 'I refute it thus
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BOSWELL: Sir, you observed one day . . . that a man is never happy for the present, but when he is drunk. Will you not add, - or when driving rapidly in a post-chaise? JOHNSON: No, Sir, you are driving rapidly from something, or to something.
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