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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When a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.

No man was ever great by imitation.

A fly Sir may sting a stately horse and make him wince, but one is but an insect and the other is a horse still.

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation but the only riches she can call her own.

It matters not how a man dies but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance it lasts so short a time.

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table than when his wife talks Greek.

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him, for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found and each believes it possessed by others to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

Courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you haven't courage you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition the end to which every enterprise and labor tends and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.

Worth seeing? Yes, but not worth going to see.

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.

Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.

The return of my birthday if I remember it fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.

Praise like gold and diamonds owes its value only to its scarcity.

By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first by showing that she made him so happy as a married man that he wishes to be so a second time.

Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle.

By seeing London I have seen as much of life as the world can show.

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