Quotations From SAMUEL JOHNSON

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  • 11.
    Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Works, vol. 9, "Apophthegms," ed. John Hawkins (1787-1789). Quoted in Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, p. 19, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1897).
  • 12.
    I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, Nov. 1784 (1791).

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  • 13.
    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).
  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 6, 1775 (1791).

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  • 16.
    At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Works of Samuel Johnson, Yale Edition, vol. 9, ed. Mary Lascelles (1971). Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland, "Col," (1775).

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  • 17.
    Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, June 26, 1775, to Hester Thrale. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 411, ed. R. W. Chapman (1952).

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  • 18.
    Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed:
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British writer. Poverty in London (l. 177). . . Oxford Book of English Verse. Sir Arthur Quille, ed. (1948) Oxford University Press.

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  • 19.
    There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow, but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, April 12, 1781, to Hester Thrale. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 722, ed. R.W. Chapman (1952).

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  • 20.
    The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, April 14, 1781, to Hester Thrale. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 724, ed. R.W. Chapman (1952).
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