Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 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 persuasion and time

Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prayers and Meditations, 1785

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on desires

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Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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