Samuel Johnson Quotes (1354 quotes)
“The business of life is to go forward; he who sees evil in prospect meets it in his way, and he who catches it by retrospection turns back to find it. That which is feared may sometimes be avoided, but that which is regretted to-day may be regretted again to-morrow.”
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. (George Dearborn, 1837), p. 426, "The Idler, No. 72, Saturday, Sept. 1, 1759"
As quoted in: The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1 (Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1865) by James Boswell, p. 272, Chapter XIV, "1762-1765"
“It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.”
The works of Samuel Johnson [ed. by F.P. Walesby]. (1825 edition)
“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
The table talk of Samuel Johnson (1867 edition)
“It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find any thing to say.”
The Adventurer, # 84 (August 25, 1753).
“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”
No. 135 (2 July 1751). - The Rambler (1750-1752)
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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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