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.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Vol. iii. Chap. iv.
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.
I have found men more kind than I expected and less just.
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