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Samuel Johnson – The right to utter truth

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Samuel JohnsonEvery man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Samuel Johnson – No man will be a sailor. . .

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Samuel JohnsonNo 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)

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Samuel Johnson – Equal happiness is not true

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Samuel JohnsonThat all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Samuel Johnson – State of being in marriage is not natural

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Samuel JohnsonIt is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilized society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Samuel Johnson – A madman with a stick

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Samuel JohnsonIf a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take care of ourselves. We should knock him down first, and pity him afterwards.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Samuel Johnson – Making new acquaintences through life

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Samuel JohnsonIf 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.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Samuel Johnson – Resolve not to be poor

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Samuel JohnsonResolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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