Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on effort and pleasure

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

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Much may be made of a Scotsman if he be caught young.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on confidence, consequences, difficulty, experience, honesty, knowledge, men, perception, questions, and uncertainty

It is very natural for young men to be vehement, acrimonious and severe. For as they seldom comprehend at once all the consequences of a position, or perceive the difficulties by which cooler and more experienced reasoners are restrained from confidence, they form their conclusions with great precipitance. Seeing nothing that can darken or embarrass the question, they expect to find their own opinion universally prevalent, and are inclined to impute uncertainty and hesitation to want of honesty, rather than of knowledge.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anxiety, future, life, peace, rest, and worry

There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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 pleasure and variety

The great source of pleasure is variety.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on vices and virtue

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on belief and deception

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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