Samuel Johnson Quotes

11 November 2014

Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.

11 November 2014

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

11 November 2014

If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?

11 November 2014

His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.

11 November 2014

Tomorrow is an old deceiver, and his cheat never grows stale.

11 November 2014

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.

11 November 2014

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.

11 November 2014

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

11 November 2014

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him. You have no business with consequences; you are to tell the truth.

11 November 2014

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.