Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 angels, guilt, love, peace, poverty, power, rest, and sleep

Philips, whose touch harmonious could remove The pangs of guilty power and hapless love! Rest here, distress'd by poverty no more; Here find that calm thou gav'st so oft before; Sleep undisturb'd within this peaceful shrine, Till angels wake thee with a note like thine!

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Epitaph on Claudius Philips, the Musician.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on poets, style, and writing

A Poet, Naturalist, and Historian, Who left scarcely any style of writing untouched, And touched nothing that he did not adorn.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Epitaph on Goldsmith.

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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 reflection

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell's Life, 1770

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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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