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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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Whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches will not think their condition such as that he should hazard his quiet, and much less his virtue, to obtain it, for all that great wealth generally gives above a moderate fortune is more room for the freaks of caprice, and more privilege for ignorance and vice, a quicker succession of flatteries, and a larger circle of voluptuousness.
      - [Wealth]

Why now, these fellows are only advertising my book; it is surely better a man should be abused than forgotten.
      - [Criticism]

Why, life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford.
      - [Intellect]

Wisdom and virtue are by no means sufficient, without the supplemental laws of good-breeding, to secure freedom from degenerating into rudeness, or self esteem from swelling into insolence. A thousand incivilities may be committed, and a thousand offices neglected. without any remorse of conscience, or reproach from reason.
      - [Politeness]

Wise married women don't trouble themselves about infidelity in their husbands.
      - [Infidelity]

Wit will never make a man rich, but there are places where riches will always make a wit.
      - [Wit]

Wit, like every other power, has its boundaries. Its success depends on the aptitude of others to receive impressions; and that as some bodies, indissoluble by heat, can set the furnace and crucible at defiance, there are minds upon which the rays of fancy may be pointed without effect, and which no fire of sentiment can agitate or exalt.
      - [Wit]

Without economy none can be rich, and with it few can be poor.
      - [Frugality]

Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.
      - [Poverty]

Words are daughters of earth but ideas are sons of heaven.
      - [Ideas]

Words become low by the occasions to which they are applied, or the general character of them who use them; and the disgust which they produce arises from the revival of those images with which they are commonly united.
      - [Words]

Words too familiar, or too remote, defeat the purpose of a poet.
      - [Words]

Year chases year, decay pursues decay,
  Still drops some joy from withering life away;
    New forms arise, and different views engage,
      Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
        Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
          And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
      - [Life]

Yet reason frowns in war's unequal game,
  Where wasted nations raise a single name;
    And mortgag'd states their grandsire's wreaths regret,
      From age to age in everlasting debt;
        Wreaths which at last the dear-bought right convey
          To rust on medals, or on stones decay.
      - [Heroes]

You cannot find an instance of any man, who is permitted to lay out his own time, contriving not to have tedious hours.
      - [Leisure]

You cannot give me an instance of any man who is permitted to lay out his own time contriving not to have tedious hours.
      - [Ennui]

You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury--you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
      - [Luxury]

You cannot, by all the lecturing in the world, enable a man to make a shoe.
      - [Teaching]

You despise a man for avarice; but you do not hate him.
      - [Avarice]

You never find people laboring to convince you that you may live very happily upon a plentiful income.
      - [Wealth]

Fly fishing is 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.
      - attributed to,
        see Robert Stephen Hawker's On Worm Fishing, also see Notes and Queries, Dec. 11, 1915,
        (not found in Johnson's works)
        [Fishing : Flyfishing]

A fishing-rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.
      - attributed to,
        according to William Hazlitt "Essay on Egotism--The Plain Speaker",
        jest has also been ascribed to Jonathan Swift

To make dictionaries is dull work.
      - A Dictionary of the English Language--Dull

That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the runs of Iona.
      - A Journey to the Western Islands--Inch Kenneth

All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.
      - Boswell's Life [Will]

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