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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.

Category: Revenge

What ever the motive for the insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly doesn't deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

Category: Revenge

And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

Some people wave their dogmatic thinking until their own reason is entangled.

Category: Rhetoric

It is better to live rich, than to die rich.

Category: Riches

It is wonderful to think how men of very large estates not only spend their yearly income, but are often actually in want of money. It is clear, they have not value for what they spend.

Category: Riches

One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.

Category: Riches

I am not able to instruct you. I can only tell that I have chosen wrong. I have passed my time in study without experience; in the attainment of sciences which can, for the most part, be but remotely useful to mankind. I have purchased knowledge at the expense of all the common comforts of life: I have missed the endearing elegance of female friendship, and the happy commerce of domestic tenderness.

Category: Scholars And Scholarship

There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, toil, envy, want, and patron.

Category: Scholars And Scholarship

When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.

Category: Sea

The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

Category: Secrets

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Category: Secrets

Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.

Category: Secrets

Security will produce danger.

Category: Security

That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem.

Category: Self-esteem