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 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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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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