When speculation has done its worse, two and two still make four.

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Profession: Author
Nationality: British


When speculation has done its worse, two and two still make four. Samuel Johnson

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

It is not true that people are naturally equal for no two people can be together for even a half an hour without one acquiring an evident superiority over the other.

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.

Round numbers are always false.

He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

The world is seldom what it seems; to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.

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.

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.