Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on good and mankind

As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on manners

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That saw the manners in the face.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Lines on the Death of Hogarth.

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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 men and superiority

No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on learning, men, order, and truth

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on improvement and leisure

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on ingratitude

A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson

In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.

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