Samuel Johnson Quotes

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

Samuel Johnson

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

Samuel Johnson

There are charms made only for distance admiration.

Samuel Johnson

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last

Samuel Johnson

The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.

Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.

Samuel Johnson

Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.

Samuel Johnson

Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

Samuel Johnson

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

Samuel Johnson

Pleasure itself is not a vice

Samuel Johnson

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Samuel Johnson

Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.

Samuel Johnson

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Samuel Johnson

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense

Samuel Johnson
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