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Samuel Johnson (Writer)

Still to the lover's long-expecting arms To-morrow brings the visionary bride. But thou, too old to hear another cheat, Learn, that the present hour alone is man's.
Samuel Johnson love
It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find any thing to say.
Samuel Johnson self
I am inclined to believe that few attacks either of ridicule or invective make much noise, but by the help of those they provoke.
Samuel Johnson believe
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
Samuel Johnson desire
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Samuel Johnson pain
All Crimes are safe, but hated Poverty. This, only this, the rigid Law persues.
Samuel Johnson hate
Of all the Griefs that harrass the Distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful Jest
Samuel Johnson grief
This mournful truth is ev'rywhere confessed — Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed.
Samuel Johnson truth
Unmoved though Witlings sneer and Rivals rail, Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail. He scorns the meek address, the suppliant strain. With merit needless, and without it vain. In Reason, Nature, Truth, he dares to trust:Ye Fops, be silent: and ye Wits, be just.
Samuel Johnson trust
To-morrow's action! Can that hoary wisdom, Borne down with years, still doat upon tomorrow! That fatal mistress of the young, the lazy, The coward, and the fool, condemn'd to lose A useless life in waiting for to-morrow, To gaze with longing eyes upon to-morrow, Till interposing death destroys the prospectStrange! that this general fraud from day to day Should fill the world with wretches undetected. The soldier, labouring through a winter's march, Still sees to-morrow drest in robes of triumph; Still to the lover's long-expecting arms To-morrow brings the visionary bride. But thou, too old to hear another cheat,Learn, that the present hour alone is man's.
Samuel Johnson love
The reciprocal civility of authors is one of the most risible scenes in the farce of life.
Samuel Johnson life
That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona.
Samuel Johnson war
There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.
Samuel Johnson art
How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?
Samuel Johnson liberty
Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.
Samuel Johnson time
This world, where much is to be done and little to be known.
Samuel Johnson world
Here closed in death th' attentive eyes That saw the manners in the face.
Samuel Johnson death
Catch then, O! catch the transient hour, Improve each moment as it flies; Life's a short Summer — man a flower, He dies — alas! how soon he dies!
Samuel Johnson men
He who praises everybody praises nobody.
Samuel Johnson body
Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
Samuel Johnson fire
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
Samuel Johnson men
Round numbers are always false.
Samuel Johnson
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
Samuel Johnson man
Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.
Samuel Johnson
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Samuel Johnson pleasure
From Thee, great God: we spring, to Thee we tend, Path, motive, guide, original, and end.
Samuel Johnson great
Let me rejoice in the light which Thou hast imparted; let me serve Thee with active zeal, humbled confidence, and wait with patient expectation for the time in which the soul which Thou receivest shall be satisfied with knowledge.
Samuel Johnson knowledge
A desire for knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being, whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all he has to get knowledge.
Samuel Johnson knowledge
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
Samuel Johnson truth
The richest author that ever grazed the common of literature.
Samuel Johnson literature
When learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes First reared the stage, immortal Shakespeare rose; Each change of many-colored life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagined new: Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign, And panting Time toiled after him in vain.
Samuel Johnson life
Cold approbation gave the ling'ring bays, For those who durst not censure, scarce could praise.
Samuel Johnson praise
Declamation roared, while Passion slept.
Samuel Johnson passion
Ah! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public's voice; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please must please to live.
Samuel Johnson fate
Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.
Samuel Johnson man
But, scarce observ'd, the knowing and the bold Fall in the gen'ral massacre of gold.
Samuel Johnson win
Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause a while from learning to be wise. There mark what ills the scholar's life assail — Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
Samuel Johnson life
A frame of adamant, a soul of fire, No dangers fright him, and no labors tire.
Samuel Johnson soul
He left the name at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Samuel Johnson world
"Enlarge my life with multitude of days!" In health, in sickness, thus the suppliant prays: Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know That life protracted is protracted woe.
Samuel Johnson life
An age that melts in unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away.
Samuel Johnson age
Superfluous lags the vet'ran on the stage.
Samuel Johnson age
Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise! From Marlb'rough's eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires, a driv'ler and a show.
Samuel Johnson lies
Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?
Samuel Johnson fate
For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.
Samuel Johnson patience
With these celestial Wisdom calms the mind, And makes the happiness she does not find.
Samuel Johnson happiness
Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.
Samuel Johnson mind
A transition from an author's book to his conversation, is too often like an entrance into a large city, after a distant prospect. Remotely, we see nothing but spires of temples and turrets of palaces, and imagine it the residence of splendour, grandeur and magnificence; but when we have passed the gates, we find it perplexed with narrow passages, disgraced with despicable cottages, embarrassed with obstructions, and clouded with smoke.
Samuel Johnson grace
The student who would build his knowledge on solid foundations, and proceed by just degrees to the pinnacles of truth, is directed by the great philosopher of France to begin by doubting of his own existence. In like manner, whoever would complete any arduous and intricate enterprise, should, as soon as his imagination can cool after the first blaze of hope, place before his own eyes every possible embarrassment that may retard or defeat him. He should first question the probability of success, and then endeavour to remove the objections that he has raised.
Samuel Johnson truth
He that would pass the latter part of life with honour and decency, must, when he is young, consider that he shall one day be old; and remember, when he is old, that he has once been young.
Samuel Johnson life
Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance and the parent of Liberty.
Samuel Johnson liberty
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, of sickness, or captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable; nor does it appear that the happiest lot of terrestrial existence can set us above the want of this general blessing; or that life, when the gifts of nature and of fortune are accumulated upon it, would not still be wretched, were it not elevated and delighted by the expectation of some new possession, of some enjoyment yet behind, by which the wish shall at last be satisfied, and the heart filled up to its utmost extent.
Samuel Johnson life
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
Samuel Johnson man
As it is necessary not to invite robbery by supineness, so it is our duty not to suppress tenderness by suspicion; it is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Samuel Johnson time
There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed.
Samuel Johnson age
To convince any man against his will is hard, but to please him against his will is justly pronounced by Dryden to be above the reach of human abilities.
Samuel Johnson man
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
Samuel Johnson truth
No man is much pleased with a companion, who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness for himself.
Samuel Johnson self
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
Samuel Johnson hope
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
Samuel Johnson absurd
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Samuel Johnson author
That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
Samuel Johnson light
The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.
Samuel Johnson wit
Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments; any enlargement of wishes is therefore equally destructive to happiness with the diminution of possession, and he that teaches another to long for what he never shall obtain is no less an enemy to his quiet than if he had robbed him of part of his patrimony.
Samuel Johnson happiness
But, perhaps, the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in few words.
Samuel Johnson truth
CLUB — An assembly of good fellows, meeting under certain conditions.
Samuel Johnson good
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Samuel Johnson men
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
Samuel Johnson art
It is the fate of those, who toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage, or punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward. Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries, whom mankind have considered, not as the pupil, but the slave of science, the pioneer of literature, doomed only to remove rubbish and clear obstructions from the paths through which Learning and Genius press forward to conquest and glory, without bestowing a smile on the humble drudge that facilitates their progress. 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.
Samuel Johnson life
ESSAY — A loose sally of the mind; an irregular indigested piece; not a regular and orderly composition.
Samuel Johnson mind
EXCISE — A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid.
Samuel Johnson hate
GRUBSTREET — The name of a street near Moorsfield, London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems.
Samuel Johnson poem
LEXICOGRAPHER — A writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.
Samuel Johnson writer
NETWORK — Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections.
Samuel Johnson wit
OATS — A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.
Samuel Johnson people
PATRON, n. One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is repaid in flattery.
Samuel Johnson wit
Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed.
Samuel Johnson men
It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.
Samuel Johnson men
Slavery is now no where more patiently endured, than in countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty.
Samuel Johnson liberty
Among the calamities of war may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.
Samuel Johnson love
The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be renewed by intervals of absence.
Samuel Johnson love
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Samuel Johnson man
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. The flowers which scatter their odours from time to time in the paths of life, grow up without culture from seeds scattered by chance.
Samuel Johnson life
It is seldom that we find either men or places such as we expect them. ... Yet it is necessary to hope, though hope should always be deluded, for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction.
Samuel Johnson happiness
He that thinks with more extent than another will want words of larger meaning; he that thinks with more subtilty will seek for terms of more nice discrimination; and where is the wonder, since words are but the images of things, that he who never knew the original should not know the copies? Yet vanity inclines us to find faults any where rather than in ourselves. He that reads and grows no wiser, seldom suspects his own deficiency; but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood?
Samuel Johnson books
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us.
Samuel Johnson believe
Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow; attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.
Samuel Johnson hope
"I fly from pleasure," said the prince, "because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others."
Samuel Johnson happiness
Nothing[...] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
Samuel Johnson will
To a poet nothing can be useless.
Samuel Johnson poet
Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed.
Samuel Johnson life
A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.
Samuel Johnson man
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
Samuel Johnson possible
Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanicks laughs at strength.
Samuel Johnson strength
I live in the crowd of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.
Samuel Johnson joy
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
Samuel Johnson man
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson pain
The first years of man must make provision for the last.
Samuel Johnson man
But it is evident, that these bursts of universal distress are more dreaded than felt; thousands and ten thousands flourish in youth, and wither in age, without the knowledge of any other than domestic evils, and share the same pleasures and vexa­tions, whether their kings are mild or cruel, whether the armies of their country pursue their enemies or retreat before them.
Samuel Johnson knowledge
Example is always more efficacious than .
Samuel Johnson

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