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Samuel Johnson Quotes

I hope you find these Samuel Johnson Quotes inspiring and motivational.

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

Related topics: Wisdom Inspirational Life Human-Nature Psychology Happiness Forgiveness

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

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

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson


 

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson [also attributed to Oscar Wilde]

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


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The feeling of friendship is like that
of being comfortably filled with roast beef;
love, like being enlivened with champagne.
- Samuel Johnson

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is noted that a stopped clock is correct twice each day.
In a similar manner, a person who is unchanging appears wise occasionally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

It cannot be wisdom to assert the truth of one faith over another.
In our troubled world so full of contradictions,
the wise person makes justice his guide and learns from all.
- Akbar the Great (1542-1605)

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
- The Buddha

A wise and frugal government,
which shall leave men free to regulate
their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth
of labor and the bread it has earned -
this is the sum of good government.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures,
but the foolish to be a slave to them.
- Epictetus

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man
are those of bearing and forbearing.
- Epictetus

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

Laws are sand, customs are rock.
Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped,
but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
The penalty may be unfair, unrighteous, illogical, and a cruelty;
no matter, it will be inflicted, just the same.
Certainly, then, there can be but one wise thing
for a visiting stranger to do -
find out what the country's customs are,
and refrain from offending against them.
- Mark Twain

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth
than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
- Thomas Jefferson

A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing,
when in effect he knows nothing.
- Carlos Castaneda

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.
- Lao Tzu

The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
- Thomas Jefferson

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

Without deep reflection,
one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people.
- Albert Einstein

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson


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