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Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.


Samuel Johnson

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What is easy is seldom excellent.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The triumph of hope over experience
SAMUEL JOHNSON
In all evils which admit a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes that time and att...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Disease is a physical process that generally begins that equality which death completes.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796 [Dr. Johnson to a Q...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world t...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped withou...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The appearance and retirement of actors are the great events of the theatrical world; and their firs...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The commercial world is very frequently put into confusion by the bankruptcy of merchants, that assu...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
It was not for me to bandy civilities with my Sovereign
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Long-expected one and twenty, / Lingering year at length is flown.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
A man will turn over half a library to make one book
SAMUEL JOHNSON
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No,...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present
SAMUEL JOHNSON
She no more thought of the play out of which her part was taken, than a shoemaker thinks of the skin...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
There is scarcely any writer who has not celebrated the happiness of rural privacy, and delighted hi...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
[C]ourage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with hims...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
My dear friend, clear your mind of cant.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
If I have said something to hurt a man once, I shall not get the better of this by saying many thing...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to England.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Much may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Man is not weak; knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external age...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upo...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, t...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite human beings, Human benevolence is mingled w...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.
SAMUEL JOHNSON