Samuel Johnson Quotes


Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.
To do nothing is in everyone's power.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
No man ever yet became great by imitation.
It is necessary to hope...for hope itself is happiness.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
The martial character cannot prevail in a whole people but by the diminution of all other virtues.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens as existence neither shame nor sorrow.
It is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.
Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow, which I have never seen before.
Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.
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