Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Contributed by: Zaady
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow.
Source: Letters of Johnson
That all who are happy are equally happy is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. A small drinking glass and a large one may be equally full, but the large one holds more than the small.
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