Samuel Johnson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Samuel Johnson quotes, Samuel Johnson sayings, and Samuel Johnson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. Samuel Johnson
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Samuel Johnson
Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence. Samuel Johnson
This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. Samuel Johnson
This is one of the disadvantages of wine; it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. Samuel Johnson
Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages. Samuel Johnson
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. Samuel Johnson
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. Samuel Johnson
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. 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
Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue. Samuel Johnson
Rain is good for vegetables, and for the animals who eat those vegetables, and for the animals who eat those animals. Samuel Johnson
Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be such as a worthy mind can fully delight in. Samuel Johnson
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. Samuel Johnson
Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say. 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
Grief is a species of idleness. Samuel Johnson
He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. Samuel Johnson
He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others. Samuel Johnson
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring. Samuel Johnson
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are. Samuel Johnson
Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms. Samuel Johnson
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. Samuel Johnson
He that teaches us anything which we knew not before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master. Samuel Johnson
Power is not sufficient evidence of truth. Samuel Johnson
Exercise is labor without weariness. Samuel Johnson
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. Samuel Johnson