Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on bitterness

Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: London. Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 166.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

The noblest prospect which a Scotch man ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on cowardice, death, morality, religion, and resolution

Sir, he [Bolingbroke] was a scoundrel and a coward: a scoundrel for charging a blunderbuss against religion and morality; a coward, because he had not resolution to fire it off himself, but left half a crown to a beggarly Scotsman to draw the trigger at his death.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.

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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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