Quotes by: Samuel Johnson
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
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.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.