I have no more pleasure in hearing a man attempting wit and failing, than in seeing a man trying to leap over a ditch and tumbling into it
Quote by Samuel Johnson
The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
The basis of all excellence is truth: he that professes love ought to feel its...
Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive
There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is...
Power is not sufficient evidence of truth
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying...
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance
There are charms made only for distant admiration.
Scarcely any degree of judgment is sufficient to restrain the imagination from magnifying that on...
Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion.
To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man...
If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why,...
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
The future is purchased by the present.
The accidental prescriptions of authority, when time has procured them veneration, are often confounded with...
We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.