Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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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 force and knowledge

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. xiii.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on language, mind, thought, and time

Language is the dress of thought; every time you talk your mind is on parade.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on words

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Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on language, losing, and nations

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 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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