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 10
Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
The first years of man must make provision for the last.
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.
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