Samuel Johnson

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Born Wednesday 18 September 1709, died Monday 13 December 1784

Professions: Author, Critic, Editor, Poet

Nationality: English

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If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?

Words: pleasure, followed, pain, forbear
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Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.

Words: melancholy, indeed, diverted, every, means, drinking
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A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.

Words: man, Italy, conscious, inferiority
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I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

Words: rather, see, portrait, dog, know, all, allegorical, paintings, show, world
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There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

Words: private, house, people, enjoy, well, capital, tavern, sir, nothing, yet, contrived, man, happiness, produced, good, inn
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There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.

Words: indeed, nothing, seduces, reason, vigilance, thought, passing, life, amiable, woman
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There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

Words: nothing, sir, little, creature, man, studying, things, attain, great, art, having, misery, happiness, possible
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There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.

Words: ways, man, more, innocently, employed, getting, money
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There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.

Words: things, unwillingly, give, advanced, age, supposition, still, power, ingratiating, fair, sex
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Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.

Words: small, debts, shot, rattling, every, side, scarcely, escaped, wound, great, cannon, loud, noise, little, danger
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The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.

Words: feeling, friendship, being, comfortably, filled, roast, beef, love, enlivened, champagne
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He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

Words: undervalues, will, undervalue, oppress
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Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.

Words: adversity, leads, think, properly, state, beneficial
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You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.

Words: hesitate, stab, word, know, silence, sharper, sword
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That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner.

Words: must, all, die, knew, wish, remembered, sooner
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Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.

Words: grief, fresh, any, attempt, divert, irritates
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When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

Words: making, choice, life, neglect, live
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My dear friend, clear your mind of can't.

Words: dear, friend, clear, mind
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The future is purchased by the present.

Words: future, purchased, present
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Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.

Words: let, smile, wise, feed, rich
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