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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

Category: Courage

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

Category: Courage

He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.

Category: Courage

I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice, or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl; let him come out as I do, and bark.

Category: Coward And Cowardice

There are innumerable questions to which the inquisitive mind can in this state receive no answer: Why do you and I exist? Why was this world created? Since it was to be created, why was it not created sooner?

Category: Creation

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Category: Critics And Criticism

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Category: Curiosity

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

Category: Curiosity

You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

Category: Daughters

I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.

Category: Death And Dying

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

Category: Death And Dying

Small debts are like small gun shot; they are rattling around us on all sides and one can scarcely escape being wounded. Large debts are like canons, they produce a loud noise, but are of little danger.

Category: Debt

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.

Category: Deception