Quotes by: Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson c. 1772,
painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds
||18 September 1709
(O.S. 7 September)
Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
||13 December 1784 (aged 75)
||Essayist, lexicographer, biographer, poet
||Pembroke College, Oxford
||Elizabeth Porter (née Jervis)
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
Paradise Lost is a book that, once put down, is very hard to pick up again.
Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?
There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either.
A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation.
Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.
By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.