The Irish Are A Fair People; They Never Speak Well Of One Another.
The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another.
-- Samuel Johnson, in James Boswell, 'The Life of Samuel Johnson'
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American -- Samuel Johnson, in Boswell's "Life
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
Samuel Johnson ['Boswell's Life of', 1784]...
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
-- Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life, 1770...
Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a package you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Samuel Johnson ['Boswell's Life of', 1773]...
Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Samuel Johnson ['Boswell's Life of', 1777]...
Books without the knowledge of life are useless. -- Samuel Johnso
People in distress never think you feel enough. -- Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
Language is the dress of thought. -- Samuel Johnso
To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. -- Samuel Johnso