Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anxiety, complaints, driving, and mind

When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pleasure and variety

The great source of pleasure is variety.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on vices and virtue

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on belief and deception

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on virtue

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Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mistakes, wine, and words

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on thought and wit

This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a Lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among Lords.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on dogs and women

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Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on acting, authors, nature, and stupidity

Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an access of stupidity, sir, is not in Nature. Of Thomas Sheridan (1719-1788), actor, lecturer, and author:

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on sleep and water

Lichfield, England. Swallows certainly sleep all winter. A number of them conglobulate together, by flying round and round, and then all in a heap throw themselves under water, and lye in the bed of a river.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., 3rd Edn., Malone, London, 1799

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