Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
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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.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
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.
Officious, innocent, sincere, Of every friendless name the friend.
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza ?.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ii. 1755.
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