Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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 friendship

A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on future and present

The future is purchased by the present.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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