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 dogs and women

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Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on laws, nature, power, and women

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

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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