Samuel Johnson Quotations

-He that labors with any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope, and afterward rewarded by joy.

-Life is a progress from want to want; not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

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

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

-Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

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

-Memory is the primary and fundamental power, without which there could be no other intellectual operation.

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

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

-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.

-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.

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

-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.

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

-Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

-Hope is necessary in every condition.

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

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