Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Dr. Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Dr. Johnson.
BornSeptember 18, 1709
Lichfield, England
DiedDecember 13, 1784
London, England
British writer. Best known for the first Dictionary of the English Language (1755) and the multi-volume Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779-1781).

The repository contains 11 quotes from Dr. Johnson.


Nobody has the right to put another under such a difficulty that he must either hurt the person by telling the truth or hurt himself by telling what is not true.


No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.


The business of life is to go forward.


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


You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.


Remarriage: a triumph of hope over experience.

Courage and FearHope

Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.


A successful author is equally in danger of the dimunition of his fame whether he continues or ceases to write.

Food and Drink

He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.


What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Food and Drink

This is one of the disadvantages of wine; it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.