Samuel Johnson Quotes

Quotes : 193

English


Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing

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

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

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The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.

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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 a book.

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The future is purchased by the present.

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The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef

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The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

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

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The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.

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That we must all die, we always knew

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

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The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

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Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness

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Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.

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

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You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it

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

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So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.

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Small debts are like small shot

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Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

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Revenge is an act of passion

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Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time, which will never return.

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There are charms made only for distant admiration.

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There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.

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Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.

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Your manuscript is both good and original

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You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

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You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.

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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

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There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

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There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir

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There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking

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There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

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There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.

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

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

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The world is seldom what it seems

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

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The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

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

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

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