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.


Bashfulness may sometimes exclude pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue to sorrow or remorse.     

Samuel Johnson

Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others.     

Samuel Johnson

Wise married women don't trouble themselves about infidelity in their husbands.     

Samuel Johnson

Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.     

Samuel Johnson

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.     

Samuel Johnson

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.     

Samuel Johnson

Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused     

Samuel Johnson

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.     

Samuel Johnson

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.     

Samuel Johnson

Prejudice not being funded on reason cannot be removed by argument.     

Samuel Johnson

Falsehood always endeavors to copy the mien and attitude of truth.     

Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.     

Samuel Johnson

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.     

Samuel Johnson

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.     

Samuel Johnson

A vow is a snare for sin.     

Samuel Johnson

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.     

Samuel Johnson

Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish.     

Samuel Johnson

There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.     

Samuel Johnson

We may have many acquaintances, but we can have but few friends; this made Aristotle say that he that hath many friends hath none.     

Samuel Johnson

Our aspirations are our possibilities.     

Samuel Johnson

The Supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things -- the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.     

Samuel Johnson

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.     

Samuel Johnson

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.     

Samuel Johnson

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.     

Samuel Johnson

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.     

Samuel Johnson

A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be known.     

Samuel Johnson

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.      

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

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

Samuel Johnson