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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The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties passing from one step of success to another forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state and so is most beneficial to us.

It is better to live rich than to die rich.

Man alone is born crying lives complaining and dies disappointed.

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.

Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed.

My dear friend clear your mind of can't.

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

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