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.

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

  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. 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.

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

  6. There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, toil, envy, want, and patron.

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

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

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

  10. Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.


The complete list of 1736 Samuel Johnson sayings