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

Samuel Johnson

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Samuel Johnson

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Old age is not a disease- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.

Samuel Johnson

It is better to live rich than to die rich.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Round numbers are always false.

Samuel Johnson

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Samuel Johnson

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.

Samuel Johnson

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

No mind is much employed upon the present recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Samuel Johnson

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Samuel Johnson

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.

Samuel Johnson

ESSAY -- A loose sally of the mind an irregular indigested piece not a regular and orderly composition.

Samuel Johnson

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.

Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

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 timourous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence a

Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Samuel Johnson

Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.

Samuel Johnson

Learn that the present hour alone is man's.

Samuel Johnson

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

To hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship.

Samuel Johnson

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over so in a series of kindness there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

Samuel Johnson

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

Samuel Johnson

That fellow seems to posses but one idea and that is the wrong one.

Samuel Johnson

As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.

Samuel Johnson

An intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

Samuel Johnson

A cucumber whould be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and viniger, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.

Samuel Johnson

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

Samuel Johnson

Language is the dress of thought.

Samuel Johnson

I live in the crowds of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

I hate mankind, for I think myself to be one of them, and I know how bad I am.

Samuel Johnson

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

Samuel Johnson

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.

Samuel Johnson

I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

Samuel Johnson

Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won't eat less beef today, because you have written down what it cost yesterday.

Samuel Johnson

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.

Samuel Johnson

What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.

Samuel Johnson

Your aspirations are your possibilities.

Samuel Johnson

Do not ... hope wholly to reason away your troubles do not feed them with attention, and they will die imperceptibly away. Fix your thoughts upon your business, fill your intervals with company, and sunshine will again break in upon your mind.

Samuel Johnson

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.

Samuel Johnson

The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.

Samuel Johnson

Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

Samuel Johnson

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.

Samuel Johnson

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality they discourse like angels, but they live like men.

Samuel Johnson

Men are wise in proportion not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.

Samuel Johnson

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.

Samuel Johnson

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

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

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson

Hope is necessary in every condition.

Samuel Johnson

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

Samuel Johnson

A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.

Samuel Johnson

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson

If you are idle, be not solitary if you are solitary be not idle.

Samuel Johnson

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

The world is not yet exhaused let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

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

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

Samuel Johnson

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

Samuel Johnson

Wine makes a man more pleased with himself I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

Samuel Johnson

Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest.

Samuel Johnson

Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.

Samuel Johnson

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

Samuel Johnson

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Samuel Johnson

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

Samuel Johnson

Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult.

Samuel Johnson

There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it.

Samuel Johnson

Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

Samuel Johnson

There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.

Samuel Johnson



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