Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with too much dejection
Quote by Samuel Johnson
To a poet nothing can be useless
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward...
Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.
I would consent to have a limb amputated to recover my spirits
I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by...
The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread...
He that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years must learn to...
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
Round numbers are always false
I have no more pleasure in hearing a man attempting wit and failing, than in...
Dr Blair . . . asked . . . whether he thought any man of...
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir,...
A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool...
The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to...
The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand.
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expenses