Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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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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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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on danger, integrity, knowledge, and weakness

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Rasselas

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on direction, intelligence, labor, mind, and society

As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on expectation, justice, kindness, and men

I have found men more kind than I expected and less just.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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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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