Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 good

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He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on abstinence, mind, and virtue

To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which if not a virtue, is the groundwork of a virtue.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on abuse, authors, danger, service, and silence

Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence. His name, like the shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.

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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