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Samuel Johnson Quotes


262 Samuel Johnson quotes:



"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity."
"Extended empires are like expanded gold, exchanging solid strength for feeble splendor."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Gold Quotes
"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Habit Quotes
"The chains of habit are generally too week to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Habit Quotes
"Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"For who is pleased with himself."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Gratitude Quotes
"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."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian; for in historical composition, all the greatest powers of the human mind are quiescent. He has facts ready to his hand; so there is no exercise of invention. Imagination is not required in any degree; only about as much as is used in the lowest kinds of poetry. Some penetration, accuracy, and coloring, will fit a man for the task, if he can give the application which is necessary."
"Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Generosity Quotes Merit Quotes
"No greater felicity can genius attain than that of having purified intellectual pleasure, separated mirth from indecency, and wit from licentiousness"
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Kindness Quotes
"The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes
"Wine gives a man nothing. It neither gives him knowledge nor wit; it only animates a man, and enables him to bring out what a dread of the company has repressed. It only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes Wine Quotes
"Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes
"Knowledge is of two kinds: We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it."
Author: Johnson Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes



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