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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.

Category: Churches

Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.

Category: Cities And City Life

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Category: Compassion

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.

Category: Complaints And Complaining

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.

Category: Complaints And Complaining

Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.

Category: Compliments

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

Category: Compromise

Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

Category: Concentration

It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability.

Category: Confidence

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Category: Confidence

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

Category: Confidence

The luster of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.

Category: Contrast

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.

Category: Conversation

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

Category: Conversation

No two men can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.

Category: Cooperation