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Samuel Johnson
1709 - 1784

American-born writer and critic, resident in London, England, who published the journals The Rambler (1750-1752) and The Idler (1758-1760), which are still frequently quoted today.


How small, of all that human hearts endure, that part which laws or kings can cause or cure!

quoted by Steve Forbes in "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", his 1997 address to the Heritage Foundation
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.

1777 - quoted in Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D by James Boswell
... there is all the difference in the world between characters of nature and characters of manners ...

quoted in Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D by James Boswell
Hell is paved with good intentions.

Great works are performed, not by strength but perseverance.

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.

1777 - quoted in Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D by James Boswell
[popular discourse] ... they do not mean to lie; but, taking no pains to be exact, they give you very false accounts.

Sep. 14, 1777 - quoted in Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D by James Boswell
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.