Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on equality, happiness, and unhappiness

It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Example is always more efficacious than precept.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xxx.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on age, credulity, day, history, hope, listening, promises, present, and youth

Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow, - attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. i.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on joy, laws, and secrets

How small of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Lines added to Goldsmith's Traveller.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on friendship

The endearing elegance of female friendship.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xlvi.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on animals, garden, and good

A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on flattery and worth

Madam, before you flatter a man so grossly to his face, you should consider whether or not your flattery is worth his having.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Remark to Hannah More

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on bravery and fear

Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise! From Marlbrough's eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires, a driv'ler and a show.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 316.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on familiarity and wishes

Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Addison.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on labor and power

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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