Samuel Johnson

(1709 - 1784 / Lichfield / England)

Samuel Johnson Quotes

  • ''Nothing odd will do long. Tristram Shandy did not last.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, March 21, 1776, p. 696, Oxford University Press (1980).
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  • ''Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 5, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Rambler (London, Sept. 10, 1751), no. 155.
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  • ''If I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, Sept. 19, 1777 (1791).
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  • ''Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 5, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Rambler (London, Sept. 10, 1751), no. 155.
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  • ''It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Oct. 26, 1769. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
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  • ''No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Rambler, no. 106 (London, March 23, 1751), repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, Yale Edition, vol. 4, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969).
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  • ''Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Dictionary of the English Language, preface (1755).
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  • ''It is wonderful to think how men of very large estates not only spend their yearly income, but are often actually in want of money. It is clear, they have not value for what they spend.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 10, 1778 (1791).
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  • ''I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Rasselas, in The History of Rasselas, ch. 46 (1759).
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  • ''Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won't eat less beef today, because you have written down what it cost yesterday.''
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1783 entry (1791).
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Best Poem of Samuel Johnson

Autumn

Alas! with swift and silent pace,
Impatient time rolls on the year;
The Seasons change, and Nature's face
Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.

'Twas Spring, 'twas Summer, all was gay,
Now Autumn bends a cloudy brow;
The flowers of Spring are swept away,
And Summer fruits desert the bough.

The verdant leaves that play'd on high,
And wanton'd on the western breeze,
Now trod in dust neglected lie,
As Boreas strips the bending trees.

The fields that waved with golden grain,
As russet heaths are wild and bare;
Not moist with dew, but ...

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Burlesque

Of the modern versifications of
ancient legendary tales. - An impromptu.

The tender infant, meek and mild,
Fell down upon the stone:
The nurse took p the squealing child,
But still the child squeal'd on.

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