Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

English Lexicographer, Essayist, Poet, Conversationalist

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Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.

If a person does not make new acquaintances as they advances through life, they will soon find themselves left alone. A person should keep their friendship in constant repair.

Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

Where there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.

If it rained knowledge, I'd hold out my hand; but I would not give myself the trouble to go in quest of it.

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.

When you’re talkin’, you ain’t learnin’ nothin’!

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Curiosity is the thirst of the soul.

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.

Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty. Those that are extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption.

Grief is a species of idleness.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

He that feels himself alarmed by his conscience, anxious for the attainment of a better state and afflicted by the memory of his past faults, may justly conclude that the great work of repentance has begun.

He that hopes hereafter to look back with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes.

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief which he proposes to remove.

He who praises everybody praises nobody.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything. Life is made up of little things. True greatness consists in being great in little things.

To receive and to communicate assistance, constitutes the happiness of human life: man may indeed preserve his existence in solitude, but can enjoy it only in society.

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

All theory is against the freedom of the will; all experience for it.

Curiosity is one of the most permanent characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

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English Lexicographer, Essayist, Poet, Conversationalist