Samuel Johnson Quotes

My dear friend, clear your mind of cant. – Samuel Johnson

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

Language is the dress of thought. – Samuel Johnson

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

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. – Samuel Johnson

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition. – Samuel Johnson

The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it. – Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. – Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. – Samuel Johnson

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. – Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. – 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

Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable. – Samuel Johnson

Pity is not natural to man. Children are always cruel. Savages are always cruel. – 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

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. – Samuel Johnson

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. – Samuel Johnson

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression. – Samuel Johnson

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

The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing. – Samuel Johnson

Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. – Samuel Johnson

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. – Samuel Johnson

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

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – 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 one book. – Samuel Johnson

The true art of memory is the art of attention. – Samuel Johnson

Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see. – Samuel Johnson

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

Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler. – Samuel Johnson

He who would be useful, strong, and happy must cease to be a passive receptacle for the negative, beggarly pensions of society. – Samuel Johnson

He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else. – Samuel Johnson

He that runs against time has an antagonist not subject to casualties. – Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own. – Samuel Johnson

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it—every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have. – Samuel Johnson

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library. – Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody praises nobody. – Samuel Johnson

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments. – Samuel Johnson

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure. – 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. – Samuel Johnson

Base envy withers at another’s joy and hates that excellence it cannot reach. – Samuel Johnson

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself. – Samuel Johnson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. – Samuel Johnson

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. – Samuel Johnson

A man is seldom more innocently employed than when he is making money. – Samuel Johnson

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