No two men can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
More quotes by Samuel Johnson
Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
Among the calamities of war, may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.
A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
More quotes about Wisdom
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent.
The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct – nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying.
Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it….