Samuel Johnson
Quotations


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.

There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

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

Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.



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