Samuel Johnson Quotes

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

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
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