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Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)


British author, linguist and lexicographer.
Samuel Johnson
Indeed, the freedom with which Dr. Johnson condemns whatever he disapproves of is astonishing.
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Superfluous lags the vet'ran on the stage.
Johnson
Norway, too, has noble wild prospects; and Lapland is remarkable for prodigious noble wild prospects. But, Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!




Johnson Samuel quotes
Wine makes a man more pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.
Johnson Samuel
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world.
Samuel Johnson quotes
Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.
Samuel Johnson
It is the fate of those, who toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage, or punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward. Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries, whom mankind have considered, not as the pupil, but the slave of science, the pioneer of literature, doomed only to remove rubbish and clear obstructions from the paths through which Learning and Genius press forward to conquest and glory, without bestowing a smile on the humble drudge that facilitates their progress. Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.
Johnson Samuel quotes
If the man who turnips cries,
Cry not when his father dies,
'Tis a proof that he had rather
Have a turnip than his father.
Johnson
Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.
Johnson Samuel
There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.
Samuel Johnson
I [Boswell] happened to say, it would be terrible if he should not find a speedy opportunity of returning to London, and be confined in so dull a place.
JOHNSON: "Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. It would not be terrible, though I were to be detained some time here."




Samuel Johnson quotes
His [David Garrick's] death has eclipsed the gaiety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.
Samuel Johnson
Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed.
Johnson quotes
Slavery is now no where more patiently endured, than in countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty.
Johnson Samuel
When learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
First reared the stage, immortal Shakespeare rose;
Each change of many-colored life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagined new:
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toiled after him in vain.
Johnson Samuel quotes
Let us take a patriot, where we can meet him; and, that we may not flatter ourselves by false appearances, distinguish those marks which are certain, from those which may deceive; for a man may have the external appearance of a patriot, without the constituent qualities; as false coins have often lustre, though they want weight.
Samuel Johnson
There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed.
Samuel Johnson quotes
He left the name at which the world grew pale,
To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Samuel Johnson
It is strange that there should be so little reading in the world, and so much writing. People in general do not willingly read, if they can have any thing else to amuse them.
Johnson Samuel
Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!
From Marlb'rough's eyes the streams of dotage flow,
And Swift expires, a driv'ler and a show.


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