If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
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We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.
Source: Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
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.
And sure th' Eternal Master found His single talent well employ'd.
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza
I am glad that he thanks God for anything.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ii. 1755.
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