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The Best Life Quotes- Famous Samuel Johnson Sayings and Quotes

Updated on October 8, 2011

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson was a British writer born writer but was essentially a lexicographer, and produced a dictionary of the English language in 1755 as well as many celebrated works on poetry and poets. These are my favourite Samuel Johnson quotes.

All Quotes and Quotations

Johnson on Words

Every Quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

Dull. To make dictionaries is dull work.

Excise. A hateful tax levied upon commodities.

Lexicographer. A writer of dictionaries , a harmless drudge.

Oats. A grain which in England is generally fed to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.

More on his thoughts about Nationalism....

When two Englishmen meet their first talk is of the weather.

The Irish are fair people -they never speak well of one another.

A Frenchman must always be talking, whether he knows anything of the matter or no; an Englishman is more content to say nothing if he has nothing to say.

Dublin, though a place much worse than London, is not as bad as Iceland.

I am always sorry when languages are lost, because languages are the pedigree of nations.

Come let me know what makes a Scotchman happy!

Johnson on men and Women

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

Every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities in which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.

A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It has to be done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but I find, is only a wit among Lords.

When men are fit to live and like a sea-life , they are not fit to live on land.

If I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman.

Johnson on Life and Work

Worth seeing? yes; but not worth going to see.

He who praises everybody ,praises nobody.

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

We would all be idle if we could.

Politics are nothing more than a rising in the world.

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

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Let me know your favourite Samuel Johnson quotes!


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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I start most of my articels on my blog with a quote.. I haven't blogged in awhile though. I've been busy here on HP...LOL