Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single biographical work in the whole of literature," James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher, he moved to London, where he began to write for The Gentleman's Magazine. His early works include the biography Life of Mr Richard Savage, the poems London and The Vanity of H... More

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Samuel Johnson Quotes

Samuel Johnson #Alone

Photo of Samuel Johnson Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
Samuel Johnson #Art #Poetry #Truth

Photo of Samuel Johnson Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
Samuel Johnson #Beauty #Truth

Photo of Samuel Johnson It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.
Samuel Johnson #Best

Photo of Samuel Johnson Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
Samuel Johnson #Business #Money

Photo of Samuel Johnson Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
Samuel Johnson #Art

Photo of Samuel Johnson The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Samuel Johnson #Courage

Photo of Samuel Johnson Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
Samuel Johnson #Courage #Power

Photo of Samuel Johnson He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
Samuel Johnson #Death #Equality

Photo of Samuel Johnson Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
Samuel Johnson #Design

Photo of Samuel Johnson Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
Samuel Johnson #Dreams

Photo of Samuel Johnson The world is seldom what it seems to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.
Samuel Johnson #Equality #Happiness

Photo of Samuel Johnson Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
Samuel Johnson #Experience #Freedom

Photo of Samuel Johnson All theory is against freedom of the will all experience for it.
Samuel Johnson #Fitness

Photo of Samuel Johnson Exercise is labor without weariness.
Samuel Johnson #Friendship

Photo of Samuel Johnson Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
Samuel Johnson #Friendship

Photo of Samuel Johnson The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.
Samuel Johnson #Good

Photo of Samuel Johnson The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Samuel Johnson #Good

Photo of Samuel Johnson A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
Samuel Johnson #Government #Happiness

Photo of Samuel Johnson I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
Samuel Johnson #Great #Strength

Photo of Samuel Johnson If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Samuel Johnson #Great

Photo of Samuel Johnson To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self.
Samuel Johnson #Great #Strength

Photo of Samuel Johnson Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson #Great

Photo of Samuel Johnson Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Samuel Johnson #Great #Power

Photo of Samuel Johnson Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
Samuel Johnson #Great

Photo of Samuel Johnson A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.