Samuel Johnson (Writer)

#8488 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about love
#8489 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about self
#8490 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about believe
#8491 Samuel Johnson

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about desire
#8492 Samuel Johnson

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about pain
#8493 Samuel Johnson

All Crimes are safe, but hated Poverty. This, only this, the rigid Law persues. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about hate
#8494 Samuel Johnson

Of all the Griefs that harrass the Distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful Jest .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about grief
#8495 Samuel Johnson

This mournful truth is ev'rywhere confessed — Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about truth
#8496 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about trust
#8497 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about love
#8499 Samuel Johnson

The reciprocal civility of authors is one of the most risible scenes in the farce of life. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about life
#8500 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about war
#8501 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about art
#8502 Samuel Johnson

How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes? .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about liberty
#8504 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about time
#8505 Samuel Johnson

This world, where much is to be done and little to be known. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about world
#8506 Samuel Johnson

Here closed in death th' attentive eyes That saw the manners in the face. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about death
#8507 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about men
#8508 Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody praises nobody. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about body
#8509 Samuel Johnson

Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about fire
#8510 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about men
#8511 Samuel Johnson

Round numbers are always false. .

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#8513 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 Quotes about man
#8514 Samuel Johnson

Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult. .

Samuel Johnson
#8515 Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about pleasure
#8517 Samuel Johnson

From Thee, great God: we spring, to Thee we tend, Path, motive, guide, original, and end. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about great
#8518 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about knowledge
#8519 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about knowledge
#8520 Samuel Johnson

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying that there is so much falsehood in the world. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about truth
#8521 Samuel Johnson

The richest author that ever grazed the common of literature. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about literature
#8522 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about life
#8523 Samuel Johnson

Cold approbation gave the ling'ring bays, For those who durst not censure, scarce could praise. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about praise
#8524 Samuel Johnson

Declamation roared, while Passion slept. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about passion
#8525 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about fate
#8526 Samuel Johnson

Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about man
#8527 Samuel Johnson

But, scarce observ'd, the knowing and the bold Fall in the gen'ral massacre of gold. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about win
#8528 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about life
#8529 Samuel Johnson

A frame of adamant, a soul of fire, No dangers fright him, and no labors tire. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about soul
#8530 Samuel Johnson

He left the name at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about world
#8532 Samuel Johnson

"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 Quotes about life
#8533 Samuel Johnson

An age that melts in unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about age
#8534 Samuel Johnson

Superfluous lags the vet'ran on the stage. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about age
#8535 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about lies
#8536 Samuel Johnson

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate? .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about fate
#8537 Samuel Johnson

For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about patience
#8538 Samuel Johnson

With these celestial Wisdom calms the mind, And makes the happiness she does not find. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about happiness
#8540 Samuel Johnson

Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed. .

Samuel Johnson Quotes about mind
#8541 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about grace
#8543 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about truth
#8544 Samuel Johnson

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 Quotes about life

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