Samuel Johnson Quotes

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson

There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good

Samuel Johnson

Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.

Samuel Johnson

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.

Samuel Johnson

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.

Samuel Johnson

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself

Samuel Johnson

One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read.

Samuel Johnson

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches; and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.

Samuel Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.

Samuel Johnson

Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.

Samuel Johnson

How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast , Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.

Samuel Johnson

Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying.

Samuel Johnson

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

Samuel Johnson

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Samuel Johnson

Luxury, so far as it reaches the people, will do good to the race of people; it will strengthen and multiply them. Sir, no nation was ever hurt by luxury; for, as I said before; it can reach but a very few.

Samuel Johnson

You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury--you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.

Samuel Johnson
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