And sure th' Eternal Master found His single talent well employ'd.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza
Contributed by: Zaady
I am glad that he thanks God for anything.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ii. 1755.
The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.
Source: Mrs. Piozzi, Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, 1786
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.
Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
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.
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.
Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.
Source: Prayers and Meditations, 1785
Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.
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