It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
More quotes by Samuel Johnson
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
More quotes about Wisdom
I have protracted my work till most of those whom I wished to please have sunk into the grave, and success and miscarriage are empty sounds: I therefore dismiss it with frigid tranquillity, having little to fear or hope from censure or from praise.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.
Above all, we must avoid the pitfalls of tribalism. If we are divided among ourselves on tribal lines, we open our doors to foreign intervention and its potentially harmful consequences.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.