Quotes by: Samuel Johnson
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.
Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.
Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.
He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.
There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
It is not true that people are naturally equal for no two people can be together for even a half an hour without one acquiring an evident superiority over the other.