Samuel Johnson Quotes

- Notable Samuel Johnson Quotes Index -

Born: September 18, 1709, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Birth Country: England
Occupation: Author

1.
A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
- Samuel Johnson

2.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

3.
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

4.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
- Samuel Johnson

5.
All theory is against freedom of the will all experience for it.
- Samuel Johnson

6.
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

7.
Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
- Samuel Johnson

8.
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

9.
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

10.
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
- Samuel Johnson

11.
Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
- Samuel Johnson

12.
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

13.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
- Samuel Johnson

14.
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

15.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
- Samuel Johnson

16.
Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
- Samuel Johnson

17.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

18.
He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
- Samuel Johnson

19.
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

20.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
- Samuel Johnson

21.
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

22.
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

23.
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

24.
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

25.
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

26.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
- Samuel Johnson

27.
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

28.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
- Samuel Johnson

29.
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

30.
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
- Samuel Johnson

31.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
- Samuel Johnson

32.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
- Samuel Johnson

33.
Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
- Samuel Johnson

34.
Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.
- Samuel Johnson

35.
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

36.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
- Samuel Johnson

37.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
- Samuel Johnson

38.
Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
- Samuel Johnson

39.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
- Samuel Johnson

40.
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

41.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
- Samuel Johnson

42.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
- Samuel Johnson

43.
No man was ever great by imitation.
- Samuel Johnson

44.
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

45.
No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.
- Samuel Johnson

46.
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

47.
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
- Samuel Johnson

48.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- Samuel Johnson

49.
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
- Samuel Johnson

50.
Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.
- Samuel Johnson

51.
Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.
- Samuel Johnson

52.
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

53.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

54.
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

55.
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
- Samuel Johnson

56.
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

57.
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.
- Samuel Johnson

58.
The future is purchased by the present.
- Samuel Johnson

59.
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

60.
The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
- Samuel Johnson

61.
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

62.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
- Samuel Johnson

63.
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

64.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
- Samuel Johnson

65.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

66.
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

67.
The world is seldom what it seems to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.
- Samuel Johnson

68.
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

69.
There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
- Samuel Johnson

70.
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

71.
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

72.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
- Samuel Johnson

73.
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

74.
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

75.
To keep your secret is wisdom but to expect others to keep it is folly.
- Samuel Johnson

76.
To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self.
- Samuel Johnson

77.
Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle.
- Samuel Johnson

78.
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

79.
Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
- Samuel Johnson

80.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
- Samuel Johnson

81.
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

82.
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

83.
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

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