Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on direction, intelligence, labor, mind, and society

As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on expectation, justice, kindness, and men

I have found men more kind than I expected and less just.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on force and knowledge

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xiii.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on language, mind, thought, and time

Language is the dress of thought; every time you talk your mind is on parade.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on words

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Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on language, losing, and nations

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on men and superiority

No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on love and men

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Men hate more steadily than they love.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on happiness, hope, and world

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on character and hypocrisy

On Sir Joshua Reynolds's observing that the real character of a man was found out by his amusements. Yes, Sir, no man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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