Samuel Johnson Quotes

English writer, poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer.

Rain is good for vegetables, and for the animals who eat those vegetables, and for the animals who eat those animals.
– Samuel Johnson

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Round numbers are always false.
– Samuel Johnson

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Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
– Samuel Johnson

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It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
– Samuel Johnson

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The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
– Samuel Johnson

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This is one of the disadvantages of wine: it makes a man mistake words for thought.
– Samuel Johnson

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The true art of memory is the art of attention.
– Samuel Johnson

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Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
– Samuel Johnson

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The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
– Samuel Johnson

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Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
– Samuel Johnson

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
– Samuel Johnson

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A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
– Samuel Johnson

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Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?
– Samuel Johnson

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Knock the “t” off the “can’t.”
– Samuel Johnson

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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
– Samuel Johnson

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If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
– Samuel Johnson

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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
– Samuel Johnson

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Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
– Samuel Johnson

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While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
– Samuel Johnson

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Grief is a species of idleness.
– Samuel Johnson

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