Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Contributed by: Zaady
No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.
Depend on it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Source: Letter to Boswell, 19 Sept. 1777
Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. i. Chap. vii. 1743.
Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
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