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SAMUEL JOHNSON (A/K/A DR. JOHNSON) ("THE GREAT CHAM OF LITERATURE")
English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Cows]

A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Ingratitude]

A man may write at any time if he set himself doggedly to it.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Authorship]

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Reading]

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Books]

All this [wealth] excludes but one evil,--poverty.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Poverty]

As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in traveling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Traveling]

Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Action]

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Ships]

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Liquor]

Employment, sir, and hardships, prevent melancholy.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Melancholy]

Fine clothes are good only as they supply the want of other means of procuring respect.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Apparel]

Fitted him to a T.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson
        [Proverbial Phrases]

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Idleness]

Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Happiness]

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Stupidity]

He was so generally civil, that nobody thanked him for it.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Manners]

Hell is paved with good intentions.
      - quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson
        [Hell : Proverbs]

I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Amusements]

I am glad that he thanks God for anything.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Thankfulness]

I have always said the first Whig was the Devil.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Politics]

I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Argument]

I never have sought the world; the world was not to seek me.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [World]

I never take a nap after dinner but when I have had a bad night, and then the nap takes me.
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Sleep]

I remember a passage in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: "I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing."
      - Boswell's Life of Johnson [Zeal]


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