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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 7
No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.
There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
Attack is the reaction. I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
Sir, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature, as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles, without having good practice?
It is very natural for young men to be vehement, acrimonious and severe. For as they seldom comprehend at once all the consequences of a position, or perceive the difficulties by which cooler and more experienced reasoners are restrained from confidence, they form their conclusions with great precipitance. Seeing nothing that can darken or embarrass the question, they expect to find their own opinion universally prevalent, and are inclined to impute uncertainty and hesitation to want of honesty, rather than of knowledge.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
We took tea, by Boswell's desire; and I eat one bun, I think, that I might not be seen to fast ostentatiously. When I find that so much of my life has stolen unprofitably away, and that I can descry by retrospection scarcely a few single days properly and vigorously employed, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try, because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal. I try, in humble hope of the help of God.
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