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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.

Category: Wives

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

Category: Women

All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.

Category: Wonder

It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession.

Category: Work

That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.

Category: World

Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.

Category: Writers And Writing

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Category: Writers And Writing

I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.

Category: Writers And Writing

In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.

Category: Writers And Writing

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

Category: Wrong

So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.

Category: Youth

Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.

Category: Youth