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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

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

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


 

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

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

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


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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

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

Allow children to be happy in their own way,
for what better way will they find?
- 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

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
- Samuel Johnson

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state,
and so is most beneficial to us.
- Samuel Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty
as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
- Samuel Johnson

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated,
has not the art of getting drunk.
- Samuel Johnson

A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything
than he does of his dinner.
- Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation,
but the only riches she can call her own.
- Samuel Johnson

A am a great friend of public amusements,
they keep people from vice.
- Samuel Johnson

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
- Samuel Johnson

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince;
but,
one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
- Samuel Johnson

All travel has its advantages.
If the passenger visits better countries,
he may learn to improve his own.
And if fortune carries him to worse,
he may learn to enjoy it.
- Samuel Johnson

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
- Samuel Johnson

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

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which
a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
- Samuel Johnson

All theory is against freedom of the will;
all experience for it.
- Samuel Johnson

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

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;
his aim is so exalted that riches,
office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
- Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

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

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

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

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and
disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
- William Hazlitt

It is not fit that every man should travel;
it makes a wise man better,
and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
- Baltasar Gracian

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise,
just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine
it run by a board of gods.
- H. L. Mencken

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
- Publilius Syrus

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always
better to be wise than to be smart.
- Alan Alda

A wise man should have money in his head,
but not in his heart.
- Jonathan Swift


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