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Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784 English lexicographer.



Samuel Johnson. 1709 – 1784. English Enlightenment lexicographer and writer.

Voltaire's “rival” in terms of influencing minds in England.

1. In all statements, accuracy must be sacrificed for brevity’s sake to a certain extent.

2. The future is acquired in the present.

3. Any change involves inconvenience, even if it is a change for the better.

4. If your friend really thinks that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

5. If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. … A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

6. Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

7. Slander is the revenge of a coward.

8. Many affairs are harder to conceive than to get done.

9. Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

10. Don’t think about leaving this world before the world would regrets your departure.