Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on improvement and life

Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour; Improve each moment as it flies! Life 's a short summer, man a flower; He dies-alas! how soon he dies!

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Winter. An Ode.

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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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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on existence, happiness, and labor

Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good and happiness

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

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 love and men

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Men hate more steadily than they love.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on hope, mind, and pleasure

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on learning and schools

There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, - but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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