Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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

Attack is the reaction. I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. vi. 1775.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on belief and observation

Johnson observed that he 'did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney'.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Johnsonian Miscellanies

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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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