Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on power

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To do nothing is in everyone's power.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on history

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Many falsehoods are passing into uncontradicted history.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on habits and weakness

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Rasselas, 1759

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on credulity, encouragement, interest, love, truth, and war

Among the calamities of war may be numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on suffering

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on cheating and hope

I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by the menaces of a ruffian.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on certainty, curiosity, and mind

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Rambler, March 12, 1751

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