Quotes of Samuel Johnson

“ Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. ”

- Samuel Johnson

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

- Samuel Johnson

“ Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other. ”

- 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

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

- Samuel Johnson

“ Hope is necessary in every condition. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. ”

- 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

“ Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Of the blessings set before you, make your choice, and be content. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ”

- 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

“ Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. ”

- Samuel Johnson
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