Samuel Johnson Quotes

Attainment is followed by neglect, possession by disgust, and the malicious remark of the Greek epigrammatist on marriage may be applied to many another course of life, that its two days of happiness are the first and the last.

Samuel Johnson

Getting money is not all a man\'s business; to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

Samuel Johnson

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

Samuel Johnson

Confidence is a plant of slow growth; especially in an aged bosom

Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

Samuel Johnson

Poverty has, in large cities, very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Samuel Johnson

Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic

Samuel Johnson

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons

Samuel Johnson

Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation

Samuel Johnson

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow

Samuel Johnson

It is generally known, that he who expects much will be often disappointed; yet disappointment seldom cures us of expectation, or has any effect other than that of producing a moral sentence or peevish exclamation

Samuel Johnson

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep

Samuel Johnson

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

Samuel Johnson

Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms.

Samuel Johnson

New things are made familiar, and familiar things are made new.

Samuel Johnson

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.

Samuel Johnson
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