Samuel Johnson

(1709 - 1784 / Lichfield / England)

Samuel Johnson Quotes

  • ''Now ... that you are going to marry, do not expect more from life, than life will afford."''
    Samuel Johnson (1704-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, Nov. 10, 1769, p. 430, Oxford University Press (1980). Said to Boswell.
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  • ''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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  • ''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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Best Poem of Samuel Johnson

Epitaph On Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart.

Thou who survey'st these walls with curious eye,
Pause at this tomb where Hanmer's ashes lie;
His various worth through varied life attend,
And learn his virtues while thou mourn'st his end.
His force of genius burn'd in early youth,
With thirst of knowledge, and with love of truth;
His learning, joined with each endearing art,
Charm'd every ear, and gain'd every heart.
Thus early wise, the endanger'd real to aid,
His country call'd him from the studious shade;
In life's first bloom his public toils began,
At once commenced the senator and man.
In business ...

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One And Twenty

LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty
Ling'ring year at last has flown,
Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty
Great Sir John, are all your own.

Loosen'd from the minor's tether,
Free to mortgage or to sell,
Wild as wind, and light as feather
Bid the slaves of thrift farewell.