Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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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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