Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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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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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