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

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

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

Suspicion is most often useless pain. 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

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

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. Samuel Johnson

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

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

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a years. Samuel Johnson

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

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity. 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

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