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

Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.


The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.


Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.


Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?


The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.


It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.


All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.


Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.


Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.


Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.


The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.


Exercise is labor without weariness.


A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.


Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.


The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.


If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.


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


No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.


At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.


Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.


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