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Samuel Johnson Quotes

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"Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable."

"A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing."

"Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks."

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

"Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned."

"Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out."

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

"Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquences sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic."

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

"One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts."

"Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost."

"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."

"Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess."

"Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others."

"It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done."

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

"Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel."

"Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth."

"Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little."

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

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