Talk:Samuel Johnson

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i do not know the behind the inclusion of johnson's racist quotations, but they have been removed. they are not his best quotes and are out of place on here.

Dr Johnson[edit]

Is this the Same man that said "he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

I think you have to accept that Johnson's "racist quotes" were a product of his time. To delete them is to attempt to rewrite history and to make out that Johnson was a different man than the one he was.

"The cause of dullness in others" (1783) was said by Foote, not by Johnson. It is correctly attributed on the Boswell page. Shouldn't it be removed? --Grommel, 2006-03-07

  • I have now removed it. I haven't yet looked through all the large number of quotes that someone had added to this page on 2/27/06; this quote was one of them. InvisibleSun 19:50, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Misattributed quote[edit]

I believe the quote under 'misattributed' is by the politician Arthur Balfour, but with "trite" and "true" in place of the adjectives found here. There is no wikiquote for Balfour, but the WQ entry for Winston Churchill includes the same note on the quote's provenance.

Famous Quote?[edit]

Did Samuel Johnson say, "An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere!"?

There are various sites purporting this statement. It would be relevant to his 'radical' stance on race relations.

--Lepetiterobot 16:35, 28 February 2007 (UTC)lepetiterobot

Sourcing "unsourced" quote[edit]

The supposedly unsourced "Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little" appears in a letter from Johnson to John Taylor; 18 August 1763. Vol I p. 228 of the Hyde Edition, edited by Bruce Redford (Princeton, 1992)


  • Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
  • Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.[1]

--Spannerjam (talk) 11:27, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

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