He left the name at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.
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I never take a nap after dinner but when I have had a bad night; and then the nap takes me.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.
Learn that the present hour alone is man's.
Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind, from China to Peru.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 1.
"I fly from pleasure," said the prince, "because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others."
Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. iii.
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 14 April 1778
As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
That saw the manners in the face.
Source: Lines on the Death of Hogarth.
Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Source: J. Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1784.
Sir, your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
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