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  • 51.
    Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 3, 1775 (1791).
  • 52.
    Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 21, 1776 (1791).
  • 53.
    There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 12, 1776, entry (1791).
  • 54.
    Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, July 21, 1763 (1791). Said of the philosopher David Hume "and other sceptical innovators."

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  • 55.
    No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, June 19, 1784 (1791).
  • 56.
    As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 17, 1778 (1791).

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  • 57.
    No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.... A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, March 16, 1759 (1791). On another occasion, when told, "We find people fond of being sailors," Johnson replied, "I cannot account for that, any more than I can account for other strange perversions of imagination." (April 10, 1778).

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  • 58.
    Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, June 8, 1762. Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).

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  • 59.
    If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 3, 1776 (1791).

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  • 60.
    That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, entry for 1770 (1791).
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