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A small country town is not the place in which one would choose to quarrel with a wife; every human being in such places is a spy.
- Letters (vol. I, p. 107) [Towns]
The true Genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.
- Life of Cowley [Genius]
Wit is that which has been often thought, but never before was well expressed.
- Life of Cowley [Wit]
The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.
- Life of Milton [Government : Royalty]
To be on no Church is dangerous.
- Life of Milton [Religion]
And, bid him go to hell, to hell he goes.
- London (l. 116) [Hell]
To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear,
To pour at will the counterfeited tear;
And, as their patron hints the cold or heat,
To shake in dog-days, in December sweat.
- London (l. 140) [Courtiers]
Of all the griefs that harass the distress'd,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest;
Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart,
Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
- London (l. 165) [Jesting : Proverbs]
This mournful truth is everywhere confess'd,
Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd.
- London (l. 175) [Worth]
But here more slow, where all are slaves to gold,
Where looks are merchandise, and smiles are sold.
- London (l. 177) [Bribery]
Some fiery fop, with new commission vain,
Who sleeps on brambles till he kills his man;
Some frolic drunkard, reeling from a feast,
Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest.
- London (l. 226) [Dueling]
London! the needy villain's general home,
The common sewer of Paris and of Rome!
With eager thirst, by folly or by fate,
Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state.
- London (l. 93) [London]
From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,--
Path, motive, guide, original. and end.
- Motto to The Rambler (no. 7) [God]
A blade of grass is always a blade of grass, whether in one country or another.
- Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson
(p. 100) [Grass]
"He was a very good hater."
- Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson (p. 38)
I like a good hater.
- Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson (p. 89)
His virtues walked their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
And sure th' Eternal Master found
The single talent will employed.
- On the Death of Mr. Robert Lovett [Virtue]
Wheresoe'er I turn my view,
All is strange, yet nothing new:
Endless labor all along,
Endless labor to be wrong:
Phrase that Time has flung away;
Uncouth words in disarray,
Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet,
Ode, and elegy, and sonnet.
- Parody of the style of Thomas Warton
For a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
- Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson [Eating]
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
- Piozzi's Johnsoniana (154) [Traveling]
This world, where much is to be done and little to be known.
- Prayers and Meditations--Against Inquisitive and Perplexing Thoughts
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
- Preface to Dictionary [Quotations]
The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
- Preface to Dictionary [Authorship]
I am not yet so lost in lexicography, as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
- Preface to his Dictionary [Words]
Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
- Preface to his English Dictionary
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