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A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Entertainment]

 

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A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Praise]

 

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A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Welfare]

 

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A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Abuse]

 

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A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Wives]

 

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A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Books and Reading]

 

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A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Food and Eating]

 

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A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Alcohol and Alcoholism]

 

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A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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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 - [Respectability]

 

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A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation -- a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Letters]

 

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A vow is a snare for sin.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Vow]

 

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A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Piety]

 

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Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Adversity]

 

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Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Public Opinion]

 

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All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Freedom]

 

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All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Wonder]

 

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Imitation]

 

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And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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