Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on ideas

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Wretched un-idea'd girls.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. i. Chap. x. 1752.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on desires

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I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Read over your compositions and, when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on money

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Sir, no man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good and originality

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on time

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A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iv. Chap. ii. 1773.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on money

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No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iii. 1776.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on virtue

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Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mistakes, wine, and words

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on thought and wit

This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a Lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among Lords.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.

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