Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

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Books, like friends, should be few and well-chosen.

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

Every man who attacks my belief diminishes in some degree my confidence in it and therefore makes me uneasy, and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.

If your determination is fixed I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.

Nobody can write the life of a man, but those who have eat, and drunk, and lived in social intercourse with him.

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

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.

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil, show it evidently to be a great evil.

Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.

Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?

The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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