Samuel Johnson Quotes

11 November 2014

They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master.

11 November 2014

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

11 November 2014

Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.

11 November 2014

Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.

11 November 2014

Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favourable to virtue.... Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.

11 November 2014

Any of us would kill a cow, rather than not have beef.

11 November 2014

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

11 November 2014

Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.

11 November 2014

Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.

11 November 2014

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