Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 confession, poverty, truth, and worth

This mournful truth is ev'rywhere confess'd,- Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 176.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody praises nobody.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Letter to Boswell, p. 225

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pride and vices

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good, nature, practice, principles, and sincerity

Sir, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature, as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles, without having good practice?

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on laws

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How small of all that human hearts endure That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place ensigned Our own felicity we make or find.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on friendship, people, and vices

I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on language, quotations, and stability

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Dictionary of the English Language, Preface

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

What is read twice is commonly better remembered than what is transcribed.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Idler. No. 74.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good and justice

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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