Tag Archive | "Samuel Johnson"

We are inclined

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

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It is better

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

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Curiosity is one

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

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When once a

When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.

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Knowledge is of

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

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Adversity has ever

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

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Abstinence is as

Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

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What is written

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

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Hope is itself

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

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Hope itself is

Hope itself is a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

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