Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mankind

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I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on happiness and wives

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as a source of it.

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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 admiration and charm

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on diligence, hope, and learning

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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