He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. – Samuel Johnson who was born on this day in 1709.
He also said:
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
The future is purchased by the present.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.