Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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 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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