"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."
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. iii.
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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.
No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.
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.
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