Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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 patriotism

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on envy, force, and patriotism

That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Journey to the Western Islands: Inch Kenneth.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on delay, indifference, kindness, labor, life, struggle, and water

Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take care of my labors, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). February 7, 1754, Letter to Lord Chesterfield.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on perseverance and strength

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on children, cruelty, improvement, pity, reason, and wishes

Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conversation, pleasure, and women

When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on poets and trust

Was ever poet so trusted before?

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. vi. 1774.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on poetry

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Sir, what is poetry? Why, Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know what light is; but it is not easy to tell what it is.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on difficulty, enemies, happiness, liberty, and poverty

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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