Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 laws, nature, power, and women

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on daughters, earth, heaven, losing, sons, and words

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Preface to his Dictionary.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on daughters, god, men, sons, and words

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boulter's Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)

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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 failure

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Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prologue to the Tragedy of Irene.

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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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