Samuel Johnson Quotes

Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigree of nations

Samuel Johnson

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

Samuel Johnson

That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm, quiet interchange of sentiments

Samuel Johnson

The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.

Samuel Johnson

It is better a man should be abused than forgotten.

Samuel Johnson

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.

Samuel Johnson

Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.

Samuel Johnson

Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.

Samuel Johnson

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

Samuel Johnson

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Samuel Johnson

In Lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

Samuel Johnson

"It is a hopeless endeavour to unite the contrarieties of spring and winter; it is unjust to claim the priveleges of age, and retain the play- things of childhood,"

Samuel Johnson

All envy is proportionate to desire.

Samuel Johnson

The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson
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