Samuel Johnson Quotes

Sir John, Sir, is a very unclubbable man.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, spring 1764 (1791). Referring to eminent musicologist Sir John Hawkins. He was Johnson's literary executor and published an inaccurate Life (1787-1789) and an edition of Johnson's works.
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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 4, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Rambler (London, July 2, 1751), no. 135.
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I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him. You have no business with consequences; you are to tell the truth.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, June 13, 1784, pp. 1301-02, Oxford University Press (1980).
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No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, April 5, 1776 (1791).
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I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Rambler (London, July 23, 1751), no. 141.
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Fielding being mentioned, Johnson exclaimed, "he was a blockhead ...." BOSWELL. "Will you not allow, Sir, that he draws very natural pictures of human life?" JOHNSON. "Why, Sir, it is of very low life. Richardson used to say, that had he not known who Fielding was, he should have believed he was an ostler."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, April 6, 1772, p. 480, Oxford University Press (1980).
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In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, 1775 (1791).
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