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Samuel Johnson
September 18, 1709 - December 13, 1784
Nationality: English
Category: Author
Subcategory: English Author

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.


There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.


When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.


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


That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner.


Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.


He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.


It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.


Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others.


Paradise Lost is a book that, once put down, is very hard to pick up again.


Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.


Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.


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 a book.


Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.


To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.


Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.


Language is the dress of thought.


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.


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


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