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Samuel Johnson Quotes

(1709-1784), British Author

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

Category: Desire

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

Category: Desire

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Category: Determination

Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.

Category: Dictionaries

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.

Category: Dictionaries

Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.

Category: Dictionaries

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Category: Diligence

Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.

Category: Disappointments

No man likes to live under the eye of perpetual disapprobation.

Category: Disapproval

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.

Category: Disease

Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a gray one.

Category: Dress

Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.

Category: Dullness

Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Category: Editing And Editors

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Category: Effort

A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.

Category: Entertainment