Quotes by English Author Samuel Johnson


The chains of habit are generally too weak to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken. Samuel Johnson

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, rather, a manner of traveling. Samuel Johnson

The future is purchased by the present. Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. Samuel Johnson


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything. Samuel Johnson

I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. Samuel Johnson

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. Samuel Johnson

A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. Samuel Johnson

A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety. 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

Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding. Samuel Johnson

He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. Samuel Johnson

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. Samuel Johnson

Suspicion is most often useless pain. Samuel Johnson

No one ever became great by imitation. Samuel Johnson

Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything. Samuel Johnson

What is read twice is usually remembered more than what is once written. Samuel Johnson

Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled. Samuel Johnson

A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. Samuel Johnson


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