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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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How gloomy would be the mansions of the dead to him who did not know that he should never die: that what now acts shall continue its agency, and what now thinks shall think on forever!
      - [Immortality]

How small, of all that human hearts endure, that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
      - [Heart]

Human happiness has always its abatements; the brightest sunshine of success is not without a cloud.
      - [Happiness]

Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed.
      - [Life]

Human reason borrowed many arts from the instinct of animals.
      - [Imitation]

Humanly speaking, there is a certain degree of temptation which will overcome any virtue. Now, in so far as you approach temptation to a man, you do him an injury, and if he is overcome, you share his guilt.
      - [Temptation]

Hunger is never delicate.
      - [Appetite]

Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.
      - [Hypocrisy]

I am a friend to subordination, as most conducive to the happiness of society. There is a reciprocal pleasure in governing and being governed.
      - [Subordination]

I am always for getting a boy forward in his learning, for that is sure good. I would let him at first read any English book which happens to engage his attention; because you have done a great deal when you have brought him to have entertainment from a book. He'll get better books afterwards.
      - [Education]

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of Heaven.
      - [Words]

I am very fond of the company of ladies. I like their beauty, I like their delicacy, I like their vivacity, and I like their silence.
      - Seward's "Johnsoniana", 617 [Women]

I believe it will be found that those who marry late are best pleased with their children; and those who marry early, with their partners.
      - [Wedlock]

I believe marriages would in general be as happy, and often more so, if they were all made by the lord chancellor, upon a due consideration of the characters and circumstances, without the parties having any choice in the matter.
      - [Matrimony]

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.
      - [Truth]

I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.
      - [Clergymen]

I doubt if there ever was a man who was not gratified by being told that he was liked by the women.
      - [Vanity]

I fancy mankind may come in time to write all aphoristically, except in narration; grow weary of preparation and connection and illustration, and all those arts by which a big book is made.
      - [Aphorisms]

I have adopted the Roman sentiment, that it is more honorable to save a citizen than to kill an enemy.
      - [Enemies]

I have heard him assert, that a tavern chair was the throne of human felicity.
      - [Taverns]

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.
      - [Wit]

I inherited a vile melancholy from my father, which has made me mad all my life, at least not sober.
      - [Melancholy]

I know not any crime so great that a man could contrive to commit as poisoning the sources of eternal truth.
      - [Skepticism]

I love the acquaintance of young people; because, in the first place, I do not like to think myself growing old. In the next place, young acquaintances must last longest, if they do last; and then, sir, young men have more virtue than old men; they have more generous sentiments in every respect.
      - [Youth]

I should as soon think of contradicting a bishop.
      - [Contradiction]

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