Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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 belief and deception

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

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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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