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 6
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
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.
Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
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