Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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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.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on art, good, improvement, life, and opportunity

To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pain

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Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on men and pleasure

Men seldom give pleasure when they are not pleased themselves.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pleasure

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pride

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Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.

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