Samuel Johnson
Lichfield / England

Quotes

11 November 2014
Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
11 November 2014
Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
11 November 2014
There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.
11 November 2014
That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
11 November 2014
If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
11 November 2014
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
11 November 2014
Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
11 November 2014
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
11 November 2014
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.... A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
11 November 2014
As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.

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