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Samuel Johnson Quotes

British author, linguist and lexicographer.
(1709 - 1784)

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A coxcomb is ugly all over with the affectation of the fine gentleman.

A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.

A good wife is like the ivy which beautifies the building to which it clings, twining its tendrils more lovingly as time converts the ancient edifice into a ruin.

A lexicographer, a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.

A life that will bear the inspection of men and of God is the only certificate of true religion.

A man finds in the productions of nature an inexhaustible stock of material on which he can employ himself, without any temptations to envy or malevolence, and has always a certain prospect of discovering new reasons for adoring the sovereign author of the universe.

A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing than to act one; no more right to say a rude thing to another than to knock him down.

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.

A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

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

A man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

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

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage. People may be amused at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought out against him upon some subsequent occasion.

A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments.

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.

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