Samuel Johnson Quotes (1354 quotes)
“He that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.”
The Rambler, No. 79, Dec. 18, 1750
1770, p. 182. - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
“Men know that women are an over-match for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.”
The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell, Chapter 39, 19 September 1773
“As the Spanish proverb says, He, who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him. So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.”
April 17, 1778, p. 396. - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Letter to James Boswell, October 27, 1779, p. 433. - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell, 1777 entry.
On alcoholic excess. Life of Samuel Johnson (1835 edition) by James Boswell, p. 55, Part XXVII, "Stockdale, No. 550 - Intoxication"
The Works of Samuel Johnson (Longman, 1792), p. 228, "The Idler, No. 57, Saturday, May, 19 1759"
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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.
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