Samuel Johnson Quotes

English writer, poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer.

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.
– Samuel Johnson

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
– Samuel Johnson

Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.
– Samuel Johnson

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

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.
– Samuel Johnson

Large offers and sturdy rejections are among the most common topics of falsehood.
– Samuel Johnson

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

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
– Samuel Johnson

Rain is good for vegetables, and for the animals who eat those vegetables, and for the animals who eat those animals.
– Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own
– Samuel Johnson

Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.
– Samuel Johnson

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
– Samuel Johnson

Madam, before you flatter a man so grossly to his face, you should consider whether your flattery is worth having.
– 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

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
– Samuel Johnson

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
– Samuel Johnson

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
– Samuel Johnson

You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity.
– Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

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

The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts.
– Samuel Johnson

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
– Samuel Johnson

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
– Samuel Johnson

The happiest part of a man’s life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
– Samuel Johnson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
– Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

The true art of memory is the art of attention.
– Samuel Johnson

Round numbers are always false.
– Samuel Johnson

Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?
– Samuel Johnson

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