Samuel Johnson Quotes

Hope is itself a species of happiness and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

Samuel Johnson

He that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground.

Samuel Johnson

Hope is itself a species of happiness and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Critics, like the rest of mankind, are very frequently misled by interest

Samuel Johnson

Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.

Samuel Johnson

Ignorance, when it is voluntary, is criminal; and he may be properly charged with evil who refused to learn how he might prevent it

Samuel Johnson

Where there is no difficulty there is no praise

Samuel Johnson

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.

Samuel Johnson

Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt

Samuel Johnson

The inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence.

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

A man guilty of poverty easily believes himself suspected.

Samuel Johnson

Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with too much dejection

Samuel Johnson

Scarcely any degree of judgment is sufficient to restrain the imagination from magnifying that on which it is long detained

Samuel Johnson

The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.

Samuel Johnson
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