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.