Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 acquaintance, generosity, love, men, people, and respect

I love the acquaintance of young people, because, in the first place, I don't like to think myself growing old. In the next place, young acquaintances must last longest, if they do last; and then young men have more generous sentiments in every respect.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

For we that live to please must please to live.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xii.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on idleness

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Whatever you have spend less.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on business, kindness, and life

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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