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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
– Samuel Johnson

Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
– Samuel Johnson

Language is the dress of thought.
– Samuel Johnson

Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.
– Samuel Johnson

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
– Samuel Johnson

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
– Samuel Johnson

Grief is a species of idleness.
– Samuel Johnson

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.
– Samuel Johnson

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The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.
– Samuel Johnson

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Hope is itself a species of happiness and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.
– Samuel Johnson

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In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.
– Samuel Johnson

The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts.
– Samuel Johnson

Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child’s rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man’s whore.
– Samuel Johnson

The future is purchased by the present.
– Samuel Johnson

Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.
– Samuel Johnson

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.
– Samuel Johnson

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

When any fit of gloominess, or perversion of mind, lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints.
– Samuel Johnson

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
– Samuel Johnson

There are charms made only for distant admiration.
– Samuel Johnson