Samuel Johnson

Dr Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 - 13 December 1784) was a British author, linguist and lexicographer. He is often referred to as simply Dr. Johnson.
Found 216 thoughts of Samuel Johnson

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

Samuel Johnson

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.'

Samuel Johnson

A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died; it was the triumph of hope over experience.

Samuel Johnson

All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable that I would not rather know it than not.

Samuel Johnson

He that teaches us anything which we knew not before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master.

Samuel Johnson

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

Samuel Johnson

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

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

Samuel Johnson

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

A family is a little kingdom, torn with factions and exposed to revolutions.

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It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

Samuel Johnson

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

Samuel Johnson

There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens as excite neither shame nor sorrow.

Samuel Johnson

Friendship, compounded of esteem and love, derives from one its tenderness and its permanence from the other.

Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

Samuel Johnson

If I have said something to hurt a man once, I shall not get the better of this by saying many things to please him.

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When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of 21, little did I suspect that I should be at 49, what I now am.

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All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

What is easy is seldom excellent.

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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

Samuel Johnson

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Samuel Johnson

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.

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