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 vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

When a man says he had pleasure with a woman, he does not mean conversation.

When making your choice in life do not neglect to live.

Small debts are like small shot, they are rattling on every side and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon, of loud noise but little danger.

I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.

He who praises everybody praises nobody.

What is easy is seldom excellent.

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority.

You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay you do more good to them by spending it in luxury than by giving it, for by spending it in luxury you make them exert industry whereas by giving it you keep them idle.

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do is valuable.

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife, he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time which will never return.

Words are but the signs of ideas.

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

You hesitate to stab me with a word and know not - silence is the sharper sword.

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail, for being in a ship is being in a jail with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room better food and commonly better company.

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