Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: J. Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1784.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new.
Source: Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know That life protracted is protracted woe.
Source: Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 257.
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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