Samuel Johnson

18 Sep 1709 // 13 Dec 1784


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Knowledge is more than equivalent to force
The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction
The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worst to better
A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge
The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen
I wish there were some cure, like the lover's leap, for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession
I never have sought the world; the world was not to seek me
Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."