Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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.

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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life, mankind, memory, mind, and rules

He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into the short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on aphorisms, excellence, sentimentality, truth, and words

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.

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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