Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.
More quotes by Samuel Johnson
Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian; for in historical composition, all the greatest powers of the human mind are quiescent. He has facts ready to his hand; so there is no exercise of invention. Imagination is not required in any degree; only about as much as is used in the lowest kinds of poetry. Some penetration, accuracy, and coloring, will fit a man for the task, if he can give the application which is necessary.
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
More quotes about Wisdom
An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.
It isn’t making mistakes that’s critical; it’s correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
As a thinker and planner the ant is the equal of any savage race of men; as a self-educated specialist in several arts she is the superior of any savage race of men; and in one or two high mental qualities she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized!
The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars.
It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.