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 8
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
That all who are happy are equally happy is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. A small drinking glass and a large one may be equally full, but the large one holds more than the small.
Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.
A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.
I live in the crowd of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.
Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.
Much may be made of a Scotsman if he be caught young.
I never take a nap after dinner but when I have had a bad night; and then the nap takes me.
On Sir Joshua Reynolds's observing that the real character of a man was found out by his amusements. Yes, Sir, no man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
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