Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 on books

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Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Sir John Hawkins, Life of Johnson, 1787, Apothegms

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on ideas

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That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. v. 1770.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on certainty and uncertainty

He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Idler. No. 57.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anticipation, change, happiness, life, wishes, and world

Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on adversity

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

The first years of man must make provision for the last.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xvii.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on wine

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Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on power

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A thousand years may elapse before there shall appear another man with a power of versification equal to that of Pope.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: BOSWELL, Life of Johnson, 1791

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