Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 happiness, hope, and world

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

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on fate and ignorance

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 345.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life

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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ii. 1755.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on acquaintance, day, and losing

Sir, I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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