English writer and lexicographer (1709–1784)
Samuel Johnson, often called Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican, and a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography calls him "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson was selected by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".
Samuel Johnson Quotes Page 11
Lichfield, England. Swallows certainly sleep all winter. A number of them conglobulate together, by flying round and round, and then all in a heap throw themselves under water, and lye in the bed of a river.
I have found men more kind than I expected and less just.
A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.
I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by the menaces of a ruffian.
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.
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