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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.

Category: America

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.

Category: America

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.

Category: Anticipation

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.

Category: Anticipation

Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.

Category: Antipathy

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.

Category: Approval

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.

Category: Army And Navy

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.

Category: Army And Navy

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

Category: Arts And Artists

They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful and captious; tenacious of their own practices and maxims; soon offended by contradiction or negligence; and impatient of any association but with those that will watch their nod, and submit themselves to unlimited authority.

Category: Bachelor

The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

Category: Bed

I have thought of a pulley to raise me gradually; but that would give me pain, as it would counteract my natural inclination. I would have something that can dissipate the inertia and give elasticity to the muscles. We can heat the body, we can cool it; we can give it tension or relaxation; and surely it is possible to bring it into a state in which rising from bed will not be a pain.

Category: Bed

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.

Category: Belief

Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.

Category: Biography

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.

Category: Birthdays