Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Milton.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on change and life

Each change of many-colour'd life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life

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Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know That life protracted is protracted woe.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 257.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on crime, desires, despair, god, hope, humility, and life

We took tea, by Boswell's desire; and I eat one bun, I think, that I might not be seen to fast ostentatiously. When I find that so much of my life has stolen unprofitably away, and that I can descry by retrospection scarcely a few single days properly and vigorously employed, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try, because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal. I try, in humble hope of the help of God.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Prayers and Meditations

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life

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No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Letter to Boswell, 20 Sept. 1777

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on happiness, loneliness, and pleasure

"I fly from pleasure," said the prince, "because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others."

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. iii.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on love and mankind

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 14 April 1778

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