Samuel Johnson Quotes

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Samuel Johnson Quotes

Corneille is to Shakespeare as a clipped hedge is to a forest.
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Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?

— Samuel Johnson

To keep your secret is wisdom, but to expect others to keep it is folly.

— Samuel Johnson

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

— Samuel Johnson

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.

— Samuel Johnson

That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner.

— Samuel Johnson

I can discover within me no power of perception which is not glutted with its proper pleasure, yet I do not feel myself delighted. Man has surely some latent sense for which this place affords no gratification, or he has some desires distinct from sense which must be satisfied before he can be happy.

— Samuel Johnson

You can't be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who's for you and who's against you.

— Samuel Johnson

Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

— Samuel Johnson

To be of no Church is dangerous.

— Samuel Johnson

There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance.

— Samuel Johnson

Riches exclude only one inconvenience,
that is, poverty.

— Samuel Johnson

No degree of knowledge attainable by man is able to set him above the want of hourly assistance.

— Samuel Johnson

No writer can be fully convicted of imitation except there is a concurrence of more resemblance than can be imagined to have happened by chance; as where the same ideas are conjoined without any natural series or necessary coherence, or where not only the thought but the words are copied.

— Samuel Johnson

From all our observations we may collect with certainty, that misery is the lot of man, but cannot discover in what particular condition it will find most alleviations.

— Samuel Johnson

A blaze first pleases and then tires the sight.

— Samuel Johnson

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