Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 conversation

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

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on order and praise

All censure of a man's self is oblique praise. It is in order to show how much he can spare.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

A very unclubable man.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1764.

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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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