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 3
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.
The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
The future is purchased by the present.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
Your manuscript is both good and original but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.