I have found you an argument I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.
I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy.
A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of acts of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
Nay, Sir, it was not the WINE that made your head ache, but the SENSE that I put into it''What, Sir! will sense make the head ache?''Yes, Sir, (with a smile,) when it is not used to it.
What an insignificant life is this which I am now leading!
If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good.
Boswell is pleasant and gay, For frolic by nature designed; He heedlessly rattles away When company is to his mind.
Sir,' said Mr Johnson, 'a lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause which he undertakes, unless his client asks his opinion, and then he is bound to give it honestly. The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.
I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically.
You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything.
It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy.
The best good man, with the worst natur'd muse.
Then, all censure of a man's self is oblique praise.
for the Doctor observed, that no man takes upon himself small blemishes without supposing that great abilities are attributed to him; and that, in short, this affectation of candour or modesty was but another kind of indirect self-praise, and had its foundation in vanity.
There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
Such groundless fears will arise in the mind, before it has resumed its vigour after sleep!
In every place, where there is any thing worthy of observation, there should be a short printed directory for strangers.
Influence must ever be in proportion to property; and it is right it should.