Samuel Johnson Quotes

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

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

Words are but the signs of ideas.

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

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.

Samuel Johnson

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases

Samuel Johnson

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases

Samuel Johnson

The natural progress of the works of men is from rudeness to convenience, from convenience to elegance, and from elegance to nicety

Samuel Johnson

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.

Samuel Johnson

The man of affectation may, perhaps, be reclaimed, by finding how little he is likely to gain by perpetual constraint and incessant vigilance, and how much more securely he might make his way to esteem, by cultivating real, than by displaying counter

Samuel Johnson

It is indeed not easy to distinguish affectation from habit; he that has once studiously developed a style, rarely writes afterwards with complete ease

Samuel Johnson

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence

Samuel Johnson
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