Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on church, danger, faith, hope, influence, mind, religion, reward, and worship

To be of no church is dangerous. Religion, of which the rewards are distant, and which is animated only by faith and hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship, and the salutary influence of example.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of the Poets. Milton.

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