Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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 daughters, earth, heaven, losing, sons, and words

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Preface to his Dictionary.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on daughters, god, men, sons, and words

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boulter's Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anxiety, complaints, driving, and mind

When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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