Samuel Johnson Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Samuel Johnson quotes and Samuel Johnson sayings, and Samuel Johnson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

"The Supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things — the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit."

"Our aspirations are our possibilities."

"We may have many acquaintances, but we can have but few friends; this made Aristotle say that he that hath many friends hath none."

"There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence."

"Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish."

"A vow is a snare for sin."

"If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science."

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

"Falsehood always endeavors to copy the mien and attitude of truth."

"Prejudice not being funded on reason cannot be removed by argument."

"Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement."

"Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused"

"Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks."

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it."

"Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled."

"Wise married women don’t trouble themselves about infidelity in their husbands."

"Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others."

"Bashfulness may sometimes exclude pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue to sorrow or remorse."

"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. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before."

"No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures."

"Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying."

"Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great."

"The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity."

"When any anxiety or gloom of the mind takes hold of you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaining; but exert yourselves to hide it, and by endeavoring to hide it you drive it away."

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him."

"Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price."

"Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms."

"Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy."

"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."

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