Tag Archives: Samuel Johnson

Jumping On The Bandwagon: Dr Johnson

Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of … Continue reading

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The Test Of Political Theory: Dr Samuel Johnson

Human experience, which is constantly contradicting theory, is the great test of truth. A system, built on the discoveries of a great many minds, is always of more strength than that which is produced by the mere workings of any … Continue reading

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On The Giant’s Causeway: Samuel Johnson

Worth seeing, yes; but not worth going to see. Samuel Johnson 12 October 1779 James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) So the interesting question is, when Michelin guides drew up their three star system (worth a visit, worth a … Continue reading

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Playing Cards: Dr Johnson

I am sorry I have not learned to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness and consolidates society. Dr Johnson Boswell’s Life of Johnson, p.433 The illustration is copyright: Yuri Arcurs via Shutterstock I especially … Continue reading

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If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. Dr Samuel Johnson The illustration is by © Lightspring | … Continue reading

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Cities And The Passage Of Time

Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. Dr … Continue reading

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