The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Contributed by: Zaady
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.
A thousand years may elapse before there shall appear another man with a power of versification equal to that of Pope.
Source: BOSWELL, Life of Johnson, 1791
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into the short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.
Attack is the reaction. I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. vi. 1775.
Johnson observed that he 'did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney'.
Source: Johnsonian Miscellanies
Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
Source: Sir John Hawkins, Life of Johnson, 1787, Apothegms
That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. v. 1770.
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