He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
More quotes by Samuel Johnson
Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
The Supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
More quotes about Wisdom
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.
For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities – a willing movement of a man’s soul with the larger sweep of the world’s forces –a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.