Samuel Johnson Quotes

The longer we live the more we think and the higher the value we put on friendship and tenderness towards parents and friends.

Samuel Johnson

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

Samuel Johnson

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.

Samuel Johnson

Small debts are like small gun shot; they are rattling around us on all sides and one can scarcely escape being wounded. Large debts are like canons, they produce a loud noise, but are of little danger.

Samuel Johnson

Surely, it is much easier to respect a man who has always had respect, than to respect a man who we know was last year no better than ourselves, and will be no better next year.

Samuel Johnson

No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them.

Samuel Johnson

Words become low by the occasions to which they are applied, or the general character of them who use them; and the disgust which they produce arises from the revival of those images with which they are commonly united.

Samuel Johnson

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
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