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Attack is the reaction. I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
—  Samuel Johnson
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
—  Samuel Johnson
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
—  Samuel Johnson
Sir, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature, as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles, without having good practice?
—  Samuel Johnson
It is very natural for young men to be vehement, acrimonious and severe. For as they seldom comprehend at once all the consequences of a position, or perceive the difficulties by which cooler and more experienced reasoners are restrained from confidence, they form their conclusions with great precipitance. Seeing nothing that can darken or embarrass the question, they expect to find their own opinion universally prevalent, and are inclined to impute uncertainty and hesitation to want of honesty, rather than of knowledge.
—  Samuel Johnson
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
—  Samuel Johnson
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
—  Samuel Johnson
We took tea, by Boswell's desire; and I eat one bun, I think, that I might not be seen to fast ostentatiously. When I find that so much of my life has stolen unprofitably away, and that I can descry by retrospection scarcely a few single days properly and vigorously employed, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try, because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal. I try, in humble hope of the help of God.
—  Samuel Johnson
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
—  Samuel Johnson
That all who are happy are equally happy is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. A small drinking glass and a large one may be equally full, but the large one holds more than the small.
—  Samuel Johnson

   

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