Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 companions and respect

No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mind

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Depend on it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Letter to Boswell, 19 Sept. 1777

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conversation

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conversation and questions

Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conversation

Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. i. Chap. vii. 1743.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on bravery

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Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on courage, quality, vices, and virtue

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on superiority

He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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