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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I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

I am a great friend of public amusements - they keep people from vice.

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself, his aim is so exalted that riches office fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

A wise man will make haste to forgive because he knows the true value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

Dictionaries are like watches the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.

Being in a ship is being in a jail with the chance of being drowned.

The world is seldom what it seems, to man who dimly sees realities appear as dreams and dreams realities.

Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.

Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.

Love is only one of many passions.

Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight it concentrates his mind wonderfully.

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