Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, lexicographer

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Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas. - Samuel Johnson
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. - Samuel Johnson
The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery. - Samuel Johnson
I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice. - Samuel Johnson
As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas. - Samuel Johnson
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it. - Samuel Johnson
Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out. - Samuel Johnson
Few enterprises of great labour or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them. - Samuel Johnson
The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain. - Samuel Johnson