Samuel Johnson Quotes

Words are but the signs of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence

Samuel Johnson

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases

Samuel Johnson

The poor and the busy have no leisure for sentimental sorrow.

Samuel Johnson

Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly

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. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be

Samuel Johnson

No mind is much employed upon the present; recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.

Samuel Johnson

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.

Samuel Johnson

A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.

Samuel Johnson

Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.

Samuel Johnson

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.

Samuel Johnson

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Samuel Johnson

Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

In all pleasure hope is a considerable part

Samuel Johnson
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