Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on desires, good, knowledge, and possessions

Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.

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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