We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Samuel Johnson


(1709 – 1784) Often referred to as Dr Johnson. An English author, linguist, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He is regarded as the greatest man of letters in English history.

A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
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