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.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
Source: The Rambler, March 23, 1751
Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail.
Source: Prologue to the Tragedy of Irene.
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