Samuel Johnson Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson

Don't accustom yourself to use big words for little matters

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation

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

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases

Samuel Johnson

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

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
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