Quotes by Samuel Johnson (Author/English).

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You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it; for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
• Samuel Johnson
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Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.
• Samuel Johnson
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No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
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He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
• Samuel Johnson
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Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
• Samuel Johnson
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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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No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
• Samuel Johnson
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It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
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Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
• Samuel Johnson
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Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
• Samuel Johnson
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There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either.
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Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
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So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something.
• Samuel Johnson
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Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.
• Samuel Johnson
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My dear friend, clear your mind of cant.
• Samuel Johnson
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To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
• Samuel Johnson
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A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
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Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
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I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.
• Samuel Johnson
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To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.
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By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
• Samuel Johnson
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The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
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Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
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Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
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We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
• Samuel Johnson

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