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

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.


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


When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation.


There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.


What is easy is seldom excellent.


All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.


There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.


From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.


Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.


When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.


The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.


Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.


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


If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?


Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.


Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.


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


Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.


Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.


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


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