Saturday, June 13, 2020

"...Count our spoons"

A miscellany of Samuel Johnson quotations from my new acquisition:
  • DEPEND upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
  • THERE is nothing more likely to betray a man into absurdity than condescension; when he seems to suppose his understanding too powerful for his company.
  • WHY Sir, if the fellow does not think as he speaks, he is lying; and I see not what honour he can propose to himself from having the character of a liar. But if he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
  • SIR, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles without having good practice?
  • SIR, we know our will is free, and there's an end on't.
  • 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. A man knows it must be so and submits. It will do him no good to whine.

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