Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 on injustice

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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.

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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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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