Dr. Samuel JohnsonDr. Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784) English author, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer

Famous Dr. Samuel Johnson Quote

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Dr. Samuel JohnsonDr. Samuel Johnson
~ Dr. Samuel Johnson

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J Carlton, Calgary


Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

... and so many in this day and age fail this test... though some might say that the true measure is how you treat someone when helping them out costs you something... and is either case doing you "no good", or do you come away with that warm feeling of having helped, which is indeed doing yourself good.

Waffler, Smith

Goes along with the old saw, "Never is a man so big as when he stoops to help a child.". The charitable spirit is its' own reward, it gets us out of the God awful worship of SELF.

His Eminence, Hamilton ont.

I concur, with Waffler, Smith

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RBESRQ    2/1/10

Yes, I would add to that: "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good and speaks not a word"

E Archer, NYC

It's one measure of a man.

JB Bailey, Fairburn, Ga

I like this!!!! I fel the truth in it!

Dave, livermore, CA

This is an act of unconditional love.

Mike, Norwalk

That is a good start to a list. What someone does in their spare time also gets on that list somewhere down the line.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

As Heraclitis expressed it:

"Character is destiny."


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