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

It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability.


A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.


By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.


Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

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Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.


When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.


It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.


Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.


There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.


The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.


It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.


I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.


Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.


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


Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.


Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.


It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.


When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.


Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.


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