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Samuel Johnson

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Comment#  ·   Fair (273 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

Samuel Johnson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (866 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

Samuel Johnson, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (651 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.

Samuel Johnson, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (300 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson, in Vice and Virtue and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (374 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson, in Art and Literature and Work and Recreation

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