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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Category: Books And Reading

Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.

Category: Books And Reading

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Category: Books And Reading

Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time, which will never return.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.

Category: Bragging

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.

Category: Calamity

I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and consolidates society.

Category: Cards

It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.

Category: Censorship

No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.

Category: Censorship

Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

Category: Change

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

Category: Charity

You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity.

Category: Charity

There are charms made only for distance admiration.

Category: Charm

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.

Category: Christians And Christianity