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Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.




Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.




Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not."

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.




Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world."

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit."

A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain."

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.




Samuel Johnson Quotes: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts."

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire."

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others."

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency."

When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.




Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler."

Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations."

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "I should as soon think of contradicting a bishop"

I should as soon think of contradicting a bishop



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true."

Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The true art of memory is the art of attention."

The true art of memory is the art of attention.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Exercise is labor without weariness."

Exercise is labor without weariness.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "If the man who turnips cries, Cry not when his father dies, 'Tis proof that he had rather Have a turnip than his father."

If the man who turnips cries, Cry not when his father dies, 'Tis proof that he had rather Have a turnip than his father.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The future is purchased by the present."

The future is purchased by the present.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity."

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "We may have uneasy feelings for seeing a creature in distress without pity; for we have not pity unless we wish to relieve them."

We may have uneasy feelings for seeing a creature in distress without pity; for we have not pity unless we wish to relieve them.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "When emulation leads us to strive for self-elevation by merit alone, and not by belittling another, then it is one of the grandest possible incentives to action."

When emulation leads us to strive for self-elevation by merit alone, and not by belittling another, then it is one of the grandest possible incentives to action.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Oratory is the power of beating down your adversary's arguments and putting better in their place."

Oratory is the power of beating down your adversary's arguments and putting better in their place.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words."

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "I have no more pleasure in hearing a man attempting wit and failing, than in seeing a man trying to leap over a ditch and tumbling into it"

I have no more pleasure in hearing a man attempting wit and failing, than in seeing a man trying to leap over a ditch and tumbling into it



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale."

He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The resolution of the combat is seldom equal to the vehemence of the charge."

The resolution of the combat is seldom equal to the vehemence of the charge.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Where there is emulation, there will be vanity; where there is vanity, there will be folly."

Where there is emulation, there will be vanity; where there is vanity, there will be folly.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last."

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature."

Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Unintelligible language is a lantern without a light."

Unintelligible language is a lantern without a light.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "It is better to suffer wrong than to do it."

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year."

The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man."

A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion."

If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is dressed."

No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is dressed.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk."

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



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am."

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him who he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society."

Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him who he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it."

Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring."

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



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Our aspirations are our possibilities."

Our aspirations are our possibilities.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship."

Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain."

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time."

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction."

No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.



Samuel Johnson Quotes: "Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged."

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.