Samuel Johnson Quotes

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

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.

Samuel Johnson

The natural progress of the works of men is from rudeness to convenience, from convenience to elegance, and from elegance to nicety

Samuel Johnson

Inconsistencies cannot both be right; but, imputed to man, they may both be true.

Samuel Johnson

Friendship, compounded of esteem and love, derives from one its tenderness and its permanence from the other.

Samuel Johnson
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