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.


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

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who does him absolutely no good.     

Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.     

Samuel Johnson