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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There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking, as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

You can't be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who's for you and who's against you.

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.

Prepare for death if here at night you roam and sign your will before you sup from home.

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

He that undervalues himself will undervalue others and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

I look upon every day to be lost in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

To keep your secret is wisdom, but to expect others to keep it is folly.

What we hope ever to do with ease we must learn first to do with diligence.

You find no man at all intellectual who is willing to leave London. No Sir when a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.

Actions are visible though motives are secret.

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life he will soon find himself left alone. A man sir should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness, it certainly destroys liberty and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

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