The chains of habit are generally too weak to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.— Samuel Johnson
The most contentment Samuel Johnson quotes that will activate your inner potential
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, rather, a manner of traveling.
Cucumber should be well sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.
Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Nature never gives everything at once.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
Order is a lovely nymph, the child of Beauty and Wisdom;
her attendants are Comfort, Neatness, and Activity; her abode is the valley of happiness: she is always to be found when sought for, and never appears so lovely as when contrasted with her opponent, Disorder.
The world is like a grand staircase. Some are going up and some are going down.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.
When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.
Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Let us take a patriot, where we can meet him;
and, that we may not flatter ourselves by false appearances, distinguish those marks which are certain, from those which may deceive; for a man may have the external appearance of a patriot, without the constituent qualities; as false coins have often lustre, though they want weight.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
We may have uneasy feelings for seeing a creature in distress without pity;
for we have not pity unless we wish to relieve them.
Oratory is the power of beating down your adversary's arguments and putting better in their place.
When emulation leads us to strive for self-elevation by merit alone, and not by belittling another, then it is one of the grandest possible incentives to action.
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.
I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
The future is purchased by the present.
Where there is emulation, there will be vanity; where there is vanity, there will be folly.
I have no more pleasure in hearing a man attempting wit and failing, than in seeing a man trying to leap over a ditch and tumbling into it
The resolution of the combat is seldom equal to the vehemence of the charge.
He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.
Unintelligible language is a lantern without a light.
A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull;
but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.
Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance.
It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it.
A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.
To fix the thoughts by writing, and subject them to frequent examinations and reviews, is the best method of enabling the mind to detect its own sophisms, and keep it on guard against the fallacies which it practices on others
If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion.
No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.
A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is dressed.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
Our aspirations are our possibilities.
Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him who he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship.
Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.
Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.