Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on eternity and talent

And sure th' Eternal Master found His single talent well employ'd.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on god

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I am glad that he thanks God for anything.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ii. 1755.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on acting, experience, laws, and wisdom

The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on time

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And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on books and libraries

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. viii. 1775.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on imagination, reality, and thinking

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conviction, hope, libraries, and vanity

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Rambler, March 23, 1751

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on chance

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Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. iii. 1759.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on people, truth, and yielding

Truth, Sir, is a cow, which will yield such people [skeptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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