Samuel Johnson Quotes

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

Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

Samuel Johnson

Golf: A game in which you claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of youth

Samuel Johnson

When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.

Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson

Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice

Samuel Johnson

It is the just doom of laziness and a gluttony to be inactive without ease, and drowsy without tranquillity.

Samuel Johnson

Without economy none can be rich, and with it few will be poor.

Samuel Johnson

The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you.

Samuel Johnson

Distance either of time or place is sufficient to reconcile weak minds to wonderful relations.

Samuel Johnson

Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.

Samuel Johnson

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Samuel Johnson

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

There are minds so impatient of inferiority, that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.

Samuel Johnson
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