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Samuel Johnson – 83 Quotes

 

83 Quotes by Samuel Johnson

 

No man was ever great by imitation.

– Samuel Johnson


Exercise is labor without weariness.

– Samuel Johnson


The future is purchased by the present.

– Samuel Johnson


Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.

– Samuel Johnson


Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

– Samuel Johnson


The true art of memory is the art of attention.

– Samuel Johnson


Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

– Samuel Johnson


Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.

– Samuel Johnson


Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.

– Samuel Johnson


No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

– Samuel Johnson


Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.

– Samuel Johnson


Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

– Samuel Johnson


Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

– Samuel Johnson


Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

– Samuel Johnson


To love one that is great, is almost to be great one’s self.

– Samuel Johnson


Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.

– Samuel Johnson


Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

– Samuel Johnson


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

– Samuel Johnson


Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

– Samuel Johnson


All theory is against freedom of the will all experience for it.

– Samuel Johnson


Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle.

– Samuel Johnson


Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.

– Samuel Johnson


A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.

– Samuel Johnson


He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.

– Samuel Johnson


To keep your secret is wisdom but to expect others to keep it is folly.

– Samuel Johnson


No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.

– Samuel Johnson


What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

– Samuel Johnson


Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

– Samuel Johnson


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

– Samuel Johnson


The happiest part of a man’s life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

– Samuel Johnson


There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.

– Samuel Johnson


Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.

– Samuel Johnson


Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

– Samuel Johnson


The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

– Samuel Johnson


It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

– Samuel Johnson


He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.

– Samuel Johnson


Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

– Samuel Johnson


All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.

– Samuel Johnson


Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

– Samuel Johnson


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

– Samuel Johnson


The world is seldom what it seems to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.

– Samuel Johnson


A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.

– Samuel Johnson


Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

– Samuel Johnson


Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

– Samuel Johnson


Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

– Samuel Johnson


You can’t be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who’s for you and who’s against you.

– Samuel Johnson


There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

– Samuel Johnson


In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

– Samuel Johnson


It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.

– Samuel Johnson


The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.

– Samuel Johnson


The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.

– Samuel Johnson


Your manuscript is both good and original but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

– Samuel Johnson


The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.

– Samuel Johnson


The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

– Samuel Johnson


Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

– Samuel Johnson


Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

– Samuel Johnson


Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.

– Samuel Johnson


It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.

– Samuel Johnson


A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

– Samuel Johnson


I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.

– Samuel Johnson


Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.

– Samuel Johnson


Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.

– Samuel Johnson


I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

– Samuel Johnson


There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either.

– Samuel Johnson


Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and… the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

– Samuel Johnson


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


Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

– Samuel Johnson


To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.

– Samuel Johnson


Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.

– Samuel Johnson


We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

– Samuel Johnson


There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.

– Samuel Johnson


All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

– Samuel Johnson


If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

– Samuel Johnson


Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.

– Samuel Johnson


Small debts are like small shot they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon of loud noise, but little danger.

– Samuel Johnson


It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.

– Samuel Johnson


If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

– Samuel Johnson


There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

– Samuel Johnson


Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

– Samuel Johnson


There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern… No, Sir there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

– Samuel Johnson


No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned… a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.

– Samuel Johnson


You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.

– Samuel Johnson


The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

– Samuel Johnson


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