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.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
Contributed by: Zaady
Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iii. 1776.
Men hate more steadily than they love.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
On Sir Joshua Reynolds's observing that the real character of a man was found out by his amusements. Yes, Sir, no man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 345.
Catch, then, oh 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!
Source: Winter. An Ode.
Sir, I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
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