IdleHearts / Samuel Johnson
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.
Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.