Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Contributed by: Zaady
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a Lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among Lords.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.
Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
Source: Preface to his Dictionary.
Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.
Source: Boulter's Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)
When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. viii. 1775.
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786
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