Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Johnson’

Quote of the day, Oct. 4

October 4, 2017

Samuel Johnson, on writing

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

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Quote of the day, March 19

March 19, 2017

Samuel Johnson, on assessing the individual

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 29, 2016

Samuel Johnson, on writers (1755)

“Though not to write, when a man can write so well, is an offence sufficiently heinous …”

Quote of the day, June 2

June 1, 2016

Samuel Johnson, on taverns

“Whereas, at a tavern, there is a general freedom from anxiety. You are sure you are welcome: and the more noise you make, the more trouble you give, the more good things you call for, the welcomer you are. No servants will attend you with the alacrity which waiters do, who are incited by the prospect of an immediate reward, in proportion as they please. No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 19

December 19, 2015

Samuel Johnson, on poverty

“A decent provision for the poor, is the true test of civilisation.”

Quote of the day, July 6

July 5, 2015

Samuel Johnson, on knowledge

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.”

Quote of the day, June 8

June 8, 2015

Samuel Johnson, on poverty

“A decent provision for the poor, is the true test of civilisation.”

Quote of the day, July 2

July 8, 2014

Samuel Johnson

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 1

January 1, 2014

Samuel Johnson, on truth (1751)

“In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2013

Samuel Johnson, on research

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”