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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Read over your compositions and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine strike it out.

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.

Paradise Lost is a book that once put down is very hard to pick up again.

To get a name can happen but to few, it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind which must be deserved before it will be granted and is at last unwillingly bestowed.

It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy which would be the case in a general state of equality.

There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No Sir, there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

To strive with difficulties and to conquer them is the highest human felicity.

When men come to like a sea-life they are not fit to live on land.

There is nothing Sir too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

Books that you carry to the fire and hold readily in your hand are most useful after all.

He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine must quit the coolness of the shade.

The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted evidently an effrontery.

Language is the dress of thought.

Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.

Revenge is an act of passion, vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged, crimes are avenged.

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef, love like being enlivened with champagne.

We love to expect and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified we want to be again expecting.

What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before prove false again? Two hundred more.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.

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