Samuel Johnson Quotes

11 November 2014

That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.

11 November 2014

I have protracted my work till most of those whom I wished to please have sunk into the grave, and success and miscarriage are empty sounds: I therefore dismiss it with frigid tranquillity, having little to fear or hope from censure or from praise.

11 November 2014

And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, Nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.

11 November 2014

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

11 November 2014

In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.

11 November 2014

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

11 November 2014

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

11 November 2014

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.

11 November 2014

This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.

11 November 2014

Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.