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 2
Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
The world is seldom what it seems to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.
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.
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
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