Johnson, Samuel Quotes - Page 5
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It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master.
His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.
Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.
He that pursues fame with just claims, trusts his happiness to the winds; but he that endeavors after it by false merit, has to fear, not only the violence of the storm, but the leaks of his vessel.
Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze.