Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mankind and observation

Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 308.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on habits and worth

It is worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on patience

For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 362.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on art and memory

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The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anticipation, mind, and present

No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mind

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He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mind

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I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on anguish, death, loneliness, and misery

In misery's darkest cavern known, His useful care was ever nigh Where hopeless anguish pour'd his groan, And lonely want retir'd to die.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza ?.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on misery and purity

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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