Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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 learning, men, order, and truth

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on improvement and leisure

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on ingratitude

A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on danger, integrity, knowledge, and weakness

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Rasselas

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on gratitude and people

Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.

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 sorrow and wisdom

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Letters of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on drinking, happiness, philosophy, and satisfaction

That all who are happy are equally happy is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. A small drinking glass and a large one may be equally full, but the large one holds more than the small.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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