Samuel Johnson Quotes

I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 327, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1891), also quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, entry for 1770 (1791). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).
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Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, December 7, 1782, to James Boswell. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
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The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be superadded.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in The Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt and L.F. Powell (1963). Adventurer (London, Oct. 16, 1753), no. 99.
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Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a grey one.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 222, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).
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There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 27, 1775 (1791).
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A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, p. 11, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1897). "Apophthegms," vol. 11, Works, ed. John Hawkins (1787-1789).
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The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, entry, Oct. 24, 1773 (1785).
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The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, May 1, 1780, to Hester Thrale. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
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Long-expected one and twenty Ling'ring year at last is flown, Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty, Great Sir John, are all your own.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British writer. A Short Song of Congratulation (l. 1-4). . . The Complete English Poems [Samuel Johnson]. J. D. Fleeman, ed. (1971) Penguin Books.
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Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, entry, Aug. 15, 1773 (1785).
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