Thursday, 21 January 2010

The wit and wisdom of Dr. Samuel Johnson



When I was having a dig around for Dr. Johnson's famous quote about London (see my post 'London calling me home' 18/1/10) I came across a bunch of the old boy's observations, which still rise a smile 300-or so years on. Ten among the most famous I'm sharing with you today.

  • Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
  • A fly, sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
  • Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
  • The triumph of hope over experience. (on hearing a man had remarried following the death of wife to whom he had been unhappily married).
  • Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
  • A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
  • A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
  • When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
  • There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
    And, of course,
  • When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

  • 2 comments:

    1. Talking of doctors is yours any good? What's all this nonsense about grapefruit and statins? Did you just accept his/her word for it? Do you know the reasons why you can't have grapefruit? Can you not have it at all or perhaps just a teeny weeny bit. I reckon you are a bit of a {grape}fruitcake. Dr Johnson would have been more forensic.
      You have just been 'earped' by the 'Wit and Wisdom of Doc Hol-iday'. Ah yes Doc Hol. Was he not to Earp what Boswell was to [Dr] Johnson?
      As for your visions of Joanna or was it mortality,i am def in accord with your view that living is better than the other version, trouble is I can't get a preview of the other version. Any suggestions anyone?

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    2. The longer I conduct this blog, the nearer I'll be to an answer. So keep following. GC

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    What do you think? GC