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Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Byname: Dr. Johnson

Born: September 18, 1709
Birthplace: Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 13, 1784

Occupation: Author, Biographer, Critic, Editor, Essayist, Lexicographer, and Poet
Profile: Arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history. Best known for A Dictionary of the English Language.

Number of Quotes: 10

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

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation.

Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.

In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most.

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and ... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

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