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To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to
throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.
Samuel Johnson

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

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail; for being in a ship
is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
Samuel Johnson

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
Samuel Johnson

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

Hell is paved with good intentions.
Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Samuel Johnson

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human
happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others
extremely difficult.
Samuel Johnson

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
Samuel Johnson

The triumph of hope over experience.
Samuel Johnson, on second marriages

By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she
made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
Samuel Johnson

The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of
the public.
Samuel Johnson

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much
falsehood in the world.
Samuel Johnson

The great source of pleasure is variety.
Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Samuel Johnson

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.
Samuel Johnson

It is strange that there should be so little reading in the world, and so much writing. People in
general do not willingly read, if they can have any thing else to amuse them.
Samuel Johnson

When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.
Samuel Johnson

There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that
worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest.
Samuel Johnson

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.
Samuel Johnson

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

There is no people, rude or learned, among whom apparitions of the dead are not related and
believed.
Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody praises nobody.
Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find
information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Samuel Johnson

Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
Samuel Johnson

Liberty is, to the lowest rank of every nation, little more than the choice of working or
starving.
Samuel Johnson

A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it.
Samuel Johnson

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
Samuel Johnson

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