Samuel Johnson Quotes
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over so in a series of kindness there is at last one which makes the heart run over.
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.
I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.
A cucumber whould be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and viniger, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality they discourse like angels, but they live like men.
Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
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.
ESSAY -- A loose sally of the mind an irregular indigested piece not a regular and orderly composition.
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.