Samuel Johnson Quotes (1354 quotes)
“This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.”
28 April 1778, p. 659 - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
“To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.”
March 20, 1782. - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
When asked by Maurice Morgann whom he considered to be the better poet — Smart or Derrick, 1783, p. 504. - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
As quoted in: The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 1772) by James Boswell
“Sir, it is so far from natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilized society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.”
As quoted in: James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 31 March 1772)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsSamuel Johnson
Born: September 18, 1709
Died: December 13, 1784 (aged 75)
Occupation: Author, essayist, lexicographer, biographer, poet
Bio: Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author 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.