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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A man ought to read just as inclination leads him for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.

At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.

Promise large promise is the soul of an advertisement.

It is not true that people are naturally equal for no two people can be together for even a half an hour without one acquiring an evident superiority over the other.

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves or we know where we can find information upon it.

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others and his idleness from himself.

Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.

If pleasure was not followed by pain who would forbear it?

There is indeed nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

There are few things that we so unwillingly give up even in advanced age as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.

All theory is against freedom of the will, all experience for it.

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

Exercise is labor without weariness.

Where grief is fresh any attempt to divert it only irritates.

The wretched have no compassion they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.

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