Samuel Johnson Quotes

262 Samuel Johnson quotes:

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
"At seventy-seven it is time to be earnest."
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"Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Boys Quotes
"Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him."
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"In the bottle discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence"
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"There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman."
"You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity."
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"Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil; but its duty, like that of other passions, is not to overbear reason, but to assist it. It should not be suffered to tyrannize"
"Dr Blair . . . asked . . . whether he thought any man of a modern age could have written such poems [Ossian] . . . `Yes, Sir, many men, many women, and many children.'"
"From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life."
"Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice."
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"I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse."
"Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Curiosity Quotes
"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him."
"I have always said, the first Whig was the Devil"
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"A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice."
"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking."
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"It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Equality Quotes
"The majority have no other reason for their opinions than that they are the fashion."

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