What are the best Samuel Johnson quotes?

Accurate and famous quotes by Samuel Johnson. Life, writing, happiness, friends, truth are the favorite topics of this English author. Read the best of all time and enjoy Top 10 lists, which can be shared with your friends and family.


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


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


  3. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.


  4. The future is purchased by the present.


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


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


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


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


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


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


  11. Suspicion is most often useless pain.


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


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


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


  15. Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.


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

    • habits

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

    • happiness

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


  19. There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

    • confidence

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


  21. The majority have no other reason for their opinions than that they are the fashion.


  22. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.


  23. He who praises everybody, praises nobody.


  24. As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.


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


  26. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

    • persistence

  27. When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.


  28. 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.


  29. No one ever became great by imitation.


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

    • anything



Samuel Johnson image quotes

What are the best Samuel Johnson images quotes? Read and bookmark finest sayings from Samuel Johnson, embed as quotes on beautiful images. Those images have life quotes, writing quotes, happiness quotes, friends quotes, truth quotes.


  1. Picture quote by Samuel Johnson about perseverance

    Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.


  2. Picture quote by Samuel Johnson about nature

    Nature never gives everything at once.


  3. Picture quote by Samuel Johnson about world

    The world is like a grand staircase. Some are going up and some are going down.


That are top sayings from Samuel Johnson as picture quotes. Access more quotations by Samuel Johnson with images on Pinterest.

Go to table of contents

About Samuel Johnson

Name Samuel Johnson
About Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting co
Quotes 430 quotes
Nationality English
Profession Author
Birthday September 18, 1709
Top topics life, writing, happiness, friends, truth

Where is Samuel Johnson from? Samuel Johnson is English who said awesome wise words. Well-known and respected in English society for wise sayings. The following quotations and images represent the English nature embed in Samuel Johnson's character.

What Samuel Johnson was famous for? Samuel Johnson is famous author with many good quotes. Influential and well recognized author all over the world. Browse a lot of Samuel Johnson books and reference books with quotes from Samuel Johnson on Amazon.


What are the best life quotes by Samuel Johnson?


  1. 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.

    • anything

  2. If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.


  3. 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.


  4. Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.


  5. Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.


  6. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.


  7. Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.


  8. You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

    • afford

  9. 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.


  10. Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.


  11. Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.


  12. When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

    • life

  13. By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.

    • life

More life quotes or go to table of contents


What are the best writing quotes by Samuel Johnson?


  1. The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.


  2. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.


  3. Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

    • authors

  4. I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.

    • authors

  5. In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.

    • authors

  6. Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.

    • authors

  7. In a man's letters you know, Madam, his soul lies naked, his letters are only the mirror of his breast, whatever passes within him is shown undisguised in its natural process. Nothing is inverted, nothing distorted, you see systems in their elements, you discover actions in their motives.


  8. A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation -- a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something.

    • letters

  9. Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.


  10. I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.


More writing quotes or go to table of contents


What are the best happiness quotes by Samuel Johnson?


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

    • happiness

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

    • happiness

  3. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

    • happiness

  4. 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.

    • anything

  5. We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found; and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.


  6. For who is pleased with himself.

    • happiness

  7. Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.

    • happiness

  8. I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.


  9. There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

    • happiness

More happiness quotes or go to table of contents


What are the best friends quotes by Samuel Johnson?


  1. To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.


  2. The endearing elegance of female friendship.

    • friends

  3. I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

    • friends

  4. If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.

    • friends

  5. Never, my dear Sir, do you take it into your head that I do not love you; you may settle yourself in full confidence both of my love and my esteem; I love you as a kind man, I value you as a worthy man, and hope in time to reverence you as a man of exemplary piety.

    • friends

  6. The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.

    • friends

  7. Friendship, 'the wine of life,' said Boswell, should, like a well-stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed. And Dr. Johnson added to this A man, Sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.

    • friends

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


  9. Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

    • friendship

More friends quotes or go to table of contents


What are the best truth quotes by Samuel Johnson?


  1. Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.


  2. Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.


  3. It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.


  4. It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.


  5. Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.


  6. In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

    • truth

More truth quotes or go to table of contents


More quotes by Samuel Johnson

Want some more good quotations by Samuel Johnson? Explore the rest of 430 sayings by Samuel Johnson.


It is better to live rich, than to die rich.


If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.


What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.


He that thinks he can afford to be negligent is not far from being poor.


Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.


To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.


He that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.

  • doubt

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


Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.


We are inclined to believe those whom we don not know because they have never deceived us.


He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.


It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability.

  • confidence

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.


If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?


We love to overlook the boundaries which we do not wish to pass.


Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.


To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.

  • friends

Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see.

  • travel

He was dull in a new way, and that made many think him great.

  • greatness

Prejudice not being funded on reason cannot be removed by argument.


The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.

  • greatness

Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.


Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.


No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.


Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.


Whatever you have spend less.


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


I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.


It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.


Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.


No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

  • pleasure

The endearing elegance of female friendship.

  • friends

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

  • curiosity

Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.


Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.


Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.


When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.


Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things.


The Irish are a fair people: They never speak well of one another.


Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.


Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.


Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.


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.


Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.


No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.


We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.


Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.


So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something.


Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain.


I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.


Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

  • happiness

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.


It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.


Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.


The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.


The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

  • book

The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.

  • knowledge

Many things difficult in design prove easy in performance.


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.

  • anything

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.


Tomorrow is an old deceiver, and his cheat never grows stale.

  • future

Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.


When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.


Some people wave their dogmatic thinking until their own reason is entangled.


Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.


Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.


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


Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.

  • laziness

Security will produce danger.


Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o clock is a scoundrel.


Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.


The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.


I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.


Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

  • flattery

No man was ever great by imitation.

  • imitation

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.


The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.


Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.

  • expectation

Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child's rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man's whore.


All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.

  • knowledge

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

  • bravery

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

  • kindness

Round numbers are always false.


There are charms made only for distance admiration.


Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, the midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar; invades the sacred hour of silent rest and leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast.


A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.


Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.

  • doubt

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.


Language is the dress of thought.


Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.


Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

  • desires

Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.

  • labor

Pain is less subject than pleasure to careless expression.

  • pain

Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.


The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.


What ever the motive for the insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly doesn't deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

  • revenge

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

  • memory

Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.


That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.


The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

  • kindness

Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.


Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.


Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.


Much may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young.

  • nation

No two men can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.


In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.

  • travel

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.


A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.


When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.


Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.


I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

  • friends

Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.

  • authors

No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.


It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.


By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.

  • marriage

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.


He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.

  • reading

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.


Count on it, if a person talks of their misfortune, there is something in it that is not disagreeable to them.


Go to table of contents

Authors similar to Samuel Johnson

Which author has the best quotes? Top quotes from famous authors like the following.


Samuel Johnson favorite topics

Samuel Johnson is famous for his passion about life, writing, happiness, friends, truth. Check out great quotations and affirmations on these topics.


Conclusion

That were all of the 430 quotes from Samuel Johnson. Maybe some questions are in your head.

How to save Samuel Johnson quotations? Save every quote you like to your Bookmarks for further reference. You can also bookmark this author profile page for easier access. This way you can access any new quotes and updated lists.

How to get daily quotes? Every bookmark increase quote's position in Quotlr rankings. We feature quotes which get the most hype as Daily Quotes in our app. You can download Best Quotes by Quotlr for iPhone from the App Store.

How do you quote Samuel Johnson quotations? You are free to cite every quote from Samuel Johnson found on Quotlr. Hit the share button to get sharing options for Facebook, Twitter or direct link for email.

When was Samuel Johnson birthday? Samuel Johnson was born on September 18, 1709.

Who is Samuel Johnson? Some facts about Samuel Johnson from biography. ntributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnso... Read more about Samuel Johnson on Wikipedia or watch videos with quotes from Samuel Johnson on YouTube. Browse a lot of books about Samuel Johnson on Amazon to get more reference.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Quote
Loading ...