Samuel Johnson
Lichfield / England

Quotes

11 November 2014
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
11 November 2014
That life protracted is protracted woe.
11 November 2014
I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.
11 November 2014
Wine gives a man nothing. It neither gives him knowledge nor wit; it only animates a man, and enables him to bring out what a dread of the company has repressed. It only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.
11 November 2014
Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.
11 November 2014
Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
11 November 2014
Life will not bear refinement. You must do as other people do.
11 November 2014
The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another.
11 November 2014
Milton, Madam, was a genius that could cut a Colossus from a rock; but he could not carve heads upon cherry-stones.
11 November 2014
If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

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