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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others.

Category: Self-love

The highest panegyric, therefore, that private virtue can receive, is the praise of servants.

Category: Servants

Life will not bear refinement. You must do as other people do.

Category: Simplicity

Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.

Category: Sincerity

Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.

Category: Skepticism

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.

Category: Slander

Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.

Category: Solitude

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

Category: Solitude

Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it.

Category: Sorrow

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow, but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved.

Category: Sorrow

Sorrow is a kind of rust of the soul, which every new idea contributes in its passage to scour away. It is the putrefaction of stagnant life, and is remedied by exercise and motion.

Category: Sorrow

When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.

Category: Speculation

Round numbers are always false.

Category: Statistics

It was his peculiar happiness that he scarcely ever found a stranger whom he did not leave a friend; but it must likewise be added, that he had not often a friend long without obliging him to become a stranger.

Category: Strangers

The mind is refrigerated by interruption; the thoughts are diverted from the principle subject; the reader is weary, he suspects not why; and at last throws away the book, which he has too diligently studied.

Category: Students