Samuel Johnson: Friendship

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is, at last, a drop which makes it run over; So in a series of kindness there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”

— Samuel Johnson.

Samuel Johnson: Belief and disbelief

Portrait of Samuel Johnson commissioned for He...

Portrait of Samuel Johnson commissioned for Henry Thrale’s Streatham Park gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. ”
Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson: Poetry

Poetry, indeed, cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. –Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784).