Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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.

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 dogs and thought

I do not know, sir, that the fellow is an infidel; but if he be an infidel, he is an infidel as a dog is an infidel; that is to say, he has never thought upon the subject.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. iii. 1769.

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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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