Samuel Johnson Quotes (172 quotations)

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

2. A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other. - Samuel Johnson

3. A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and forever. - Samuel Johnson

4. A hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle scarcely has time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning. - Samuel Johnson

5. A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him. - Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

9. 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

10. 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

11. A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all. - Samuel Johnson

12. Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult. - Samuel Johnson

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

14. Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquences sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic. - Samuel Johnson

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

16. All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the single stroke of the pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and the last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are leveled and oceans bounded by the slender force of human beings. - Samuel Johnson

17. 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

18. Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble. - Samuel Johnson

19. Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess. - Samuel Johnson

20. Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging. - Samuel Johnson

21. An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. - Samuel Johnson

22. Anybody who thinks of going to bed before 12 o'clock is a scoundrel. - Samuel Johnson

23. 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

24. Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives. - Samuel Johnson

25. Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. - Samuel Johnson

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