Samuel Johnson Quotes

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions

Samuel Johnson

Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.

Samuel Johnson

You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

Samuel Johnson

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.

Samuel Johnson

It is in refinement and elegance that the civilized man differs from the savage.

Samuel Johnson

Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others.

Samuel Johnson

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Samuel Johnson

Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

Samuel Johnson

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.

Samuel Johnson

The present time is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation.

Samuel Johnson

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

Samuel Johnson

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

Dishonor waits on perfidy. A man should blush to think a falsehood; it is the crime of cowards.

Samuel Johnson

He who is extravagant will quickly become poor; and poverty will enforce dependence, and invite corruption.

Samuel Johnson

As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.

Samuel Johnson
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