Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

The Irish are a fair people - they never speak well of one another.

Grief is a species of idleness.

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.

Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood.

Being in a ship is like being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.

Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.

I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

The Irish are a fair people - they never speak well of one another

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

You must have taken great pains, sir; you could not naturally been so very stupid.

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

I have found you an argument: but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

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