Authors - Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 - 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. - Wikipedia
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.
No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Sex: the expense is damnable, the position is ridiculous, and the pleasure fleeting.
Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
Round numbers are always false.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest.
He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Men have been wise in many different modes; but they have always laughed the same way.
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.
Such seems to be the disposition of man, that whatever makes a distinction produces rivalry.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
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.
Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
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.
You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.
There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it.
It is better to live rich than to die rich.
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.