Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

Samuel
Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson
1709
1784

English Lexicographer, Essayist, Poet, Conversationalist

Author Quotes

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

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

That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own self-esteem… To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

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

The fountain of contentment must spring up in the mind. He who has 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 which he proposes to remove.

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

The future is purchased by the present.

It is better… to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinion than that they are in fashion.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

He that feels himself alarmed by his conscience, anxious for the attainment of a better state and afflicted by the memory of his past faults, may justly conclude that the great work of repentance has begun.

He that hopes hereafter to look back with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes.

He who has 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 which he proposes to remove.

He who praises everybody praises nobody.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything. Life is made up of little things. True greatness consists in being great in little things.

To receive and to communicate assistance, constitutes the happiness of human life: man may indeed preserve his existence in solitude, but can enjoy it only in society.

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

All theory is against the freedom of the will; all experience for it.

Curiosity is one of the most permanent characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

Curiosity is the thirst of the soul.

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.

Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty. Those that are extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption.

Grief is a species of idleness.

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First Name
Samuel
Last Name
Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson
Birth Date
1709
Death Date
1784
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English Lexicographer, Essayist, Poet, Conversationalist