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
Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness, which this world affords.
Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.