Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on civilization

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on doubt, silence, and thought

Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on difficulty, life, pleasure, success, and wishes

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on celebrity, enemies, happiness, power, pride, quiet, and satisfaction

When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good, hell, and intention

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. ix.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on injustice

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on information and knowledge

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. ix.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life and love

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The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.

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