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 4
To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.
No man was ever great by imitation.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
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