Samuel Johnson Quotes
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Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.
People in distress never think that you feel enough.
Curiosity is one of the most certain and permanent characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
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.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.