"A man ought ..." Quote of Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, July 14, 1763 (1791). Johnson continued, however, by prescribing that, "A young man should read five hours in a day, and so may acquire a great deal of knowledge."