Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on expectation

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on agreement, christianity, politics, and religion

Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on design, difficulty, and performance

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xvi.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on country and devil

Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil, where he is known.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iv. Chap. ii. 1773.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good

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A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pleasure

The expense is damnable, the position is ridiculous, and the pleasure fleeting.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on death, pain, and soul

Then with no throbs of fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza 9.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on death, nations, and pleasure

His death eclipsed the gayety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Edmund Smith (alluding to the death of Garrick).

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on trade

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Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Line added to Goldsmith's Deserted Village.

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