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“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”
Samuel Johnson, Works of Samuel Johnson
“Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.”
Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”
Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies - Vol II
“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”
Samuel Johnson, Works of Samuel Johnson
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
Samuel Johnson
“My congratulations to you, sir. 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. ”
Samuel Johnson
“I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
Samuel Johnson
“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.”
Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies - Vol II
“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”
Samuel Johnson, The Rambler
“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3
“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Samuel Johnson
“There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.”
Samuel Johnson
“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”
Samuel Johnson
“I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.”
Samuel Johnson
“Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.”
Samuel Johnson
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“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”
Samuel Johnson
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
Samuel Johnson
“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”
Samuel Johnson, The Rambler
“You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.”
Samuel Johnson
“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?”
Samuel Johnson
“The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 2
“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life Of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 4
“To keep your secret is wisdom, but to expect others to keep it is folly.”
Samuel Johnson
“Hell is paved with good intentions.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 2
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.”
Samuel Johnson
“My dear friend, clear your mind of cant [excessive thought]. You may talk as other people do: you may say to a man, "Sir, I am your most humble servant." You are not his most humble servant. You may say, "These are bad times; it is a melancholy thing to be reserved to such times." You don't mind the times ... You may talk in this manner; it is a mode of talking in Society; but don't think foolishly.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Johnson, Vol 4
“It is necessary to hope... for hope itself is happiness.”
Samuel Johnson
“Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 2
“Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content. No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of the spring: no man can, at the same time, fill his cup from the source and from the mouth of the Nile.”
Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

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