Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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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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 gold, praise, and value

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on envy, learning, life, and world

Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause a while from learning to be wise. There mark what ills the scholar's life assail,- Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 157.

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