In my early years I read very hard. It is a sad reflection, but a true one, that I knew almost as much at eighteen as I do now.
More Quotes from Samuel Johnson:As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.
Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
He is the richest author that ever grazed the common of literature.
I have two very cogent reasons for not printing any list of subscribers - one, that I have lost all the names, - the other, that I have spent all the money.
Virtue is too often merely local.
Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
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