Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on company

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I live in the crowd of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xvi.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on men

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Few men survey themselves with such severity as not to admit prejudices in their own favor.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Rambler

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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on age, innocence, and modesty

An age that melts in unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 293.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on people

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Smoking is a shocking thing - blowing smoke out of our mouths into other people's mouths, eyes and noses, and having the same thing done to us.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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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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