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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That we must all die we always knew, I wish I had remembered it sooner.

From the middle of life onward only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.

Life is not long and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.

So many objections may be made to everything that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something.

The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it but is always breaking away from the present moment and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.

It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it though we know it can never be reached.

Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.

The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.

Of all noises I think music is the least disagreeable.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

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