Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Quotes and Sayings

Samuel Johnson English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)

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

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. ~Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. ~Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. ~Samuel Johnson

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

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. ~Samuel Johnson

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. ~Samuel Johnson

What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence. ~Samuel Johnson

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. ~Samuel Johnson

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done. ~Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. ~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

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