Officious, innocent, sincere, Of every friendless name the friend.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza ?.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Sir, I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
The future is purchased by the present.
The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.
Source: Lives of the English Poets
From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,- Path, motive, guide, original, and end.
Source: Motto to the Rambler. No. 7.
This was a good dinner enough, to be sure, but it was not a dinner to ask a man to.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix.
A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.
Madam, before you flatter a man so grossly to his face, you should consider whether or not your flattery is worth his having.
Source: Remark to Hannah More
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