Samuel Johnson Quotes

I wish there were some cure, like the lover's leap, for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession

Samuel Johnson

To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength

Samuel Johnson

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

Samuel Johnson

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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.

Samuel Johnson

The present time is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation.

Samuel Johnson

But scarce observed, the knowing and the bold Fall in the general massacre of gold; Wide-wasting pest! that rages unconfined, And crowds with crimes the records of mankind; For gold his sword the hireling ruffian draws,

Samuel Johnson

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Samuel Johnson

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.

Samuel Johnson

The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity.

Samuel Johnson

Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite.

Samuel Johnson

Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.

Samuel Johnson

The lustre of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue

Samuel Johnson

All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.

Samuel Johnson
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