Samuel Johnson

(1709 - 1784 / Lichfield / England)

Samuel Johnson Quotes

  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 3, 1776 (1791).
  • ''Any of us would kill a cow, rather than not have beef.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1785).
  • ''Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, May 8, 1781 (1791).
  • ''No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, June 19, 1784 (1791).

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Best Poem of Samuel Johnson

On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Practiser In Physic

CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine,
As on we toil from day to day,
By sudden blasts or slow decline
Our social comforts drop away.

Well tried through many a varying year,
See Levet to the grave descend,
Officious, innocent, sincere,
Of every friendless name the friend.

Yet still he fills affection's eye,
Obscurely wise and coarsely kind;
Nor, letter'd Arrogance, deny
Thy praise to merit unrefined.

When fainting nature call'd for aid,
And hov'ring death prepared the blow,
His vig'rous remedy display'd
The power of art without the ...

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Anacreon: Ode 9

Lovely courier of the sky,
Whence and whither dost thou fly?
Scattering, as thy pinions play,
Liquid fragrance all the way:
Is it business? is it love?
Tell me, tell me, gentle dove.
'Soft Anacreon's vows I bear,
Vows to Myrtale the fair;
Graced with all that charms the heart,

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