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Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner
does he take a pen in read more

Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner
does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him,
and benumbs all his faculties.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Conversation Quotes,
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Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow read more

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Retirement Quotes,
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Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of
life.

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of
life.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Liquor Quotes,
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Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.

Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Falsehood Quotes,
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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 It is by affliction chiefly read more

Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 It is by affliction chiefly that the heart of man is purified, and that the thoughts are fixed on a better state. Prosperity has power to intoxicate the imagination, to fix the mind upon the present scene, to produce confidence and elation, and to make him who enjoys affluence and honors forget the hand by which they were bestowed. It is seldom that we are otherwise than by affliction awakened to a sense of our imbecility, or taught to know how little all our acquisitions can conduce to safety or quiet, and how justly we may inscribe to the superintendence of a higher power those blessings which in the wantonness of success we considered as the attainments of our policy and courage.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Christianity Quotes,
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