Samuel Johnson Quotes

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

Confidence is a plant of slow growth; especially in an aged bosom.

Samuel Johnson

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.

Samuel Johnson

That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own self-esteem.

Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

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.

Samuel Johnson

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

Samuel Johnson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

Samuel Johnson

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.

Samuel Johnson

The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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