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Samuel Johnson Quotes

262 Samuel Johnson quotes:

"A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good."
"Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all."
"Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both."
"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."
"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."
"More knowledge may be gained of a man's real character by a short conversation with one of his servants than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree and ended with his funeral."
"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Charity Quotes
"It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Cheating Quotes Wrong Quotes
"Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes
"The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Compassion Quotes
"Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms."
"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Adversity Quotes
"The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity."
"By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time."
"Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Debt Quotes
"Small debts are like small gun shot; they are rattling around us on all sides and one can scarcely escape being wounded. Large debts are like canons, they produce a loud noise, but are of little danger."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Debt Quotes
"I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Deception Quotes
"It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Equality Quotes
"He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Courage Quotes
"The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Advice Quotes

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