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

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.


There are charms made only for distant admiration.


So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something.


The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.


Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.


A man will turn over half a library to make one book.


Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.


When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.


The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.


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


A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.


Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.


It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.


To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.


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