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 argument and understanding

Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: J. Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1784.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on wishes

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Sir, your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on life

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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Vol. iii. Chap. iv.

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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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