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.


Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.     

Samuel Johnson

A cow is a very good animal in the field, but we turn her out of a garden.     

Samuel Johnson

The limbs will quiver and move after the soul is gone.     

Samuel Johnson

Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.     

Samuel Johnson

The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.      

Samuel Johnson

Get together a hundred or two men, however sensible they may be, and you are very likely to have a mob     

Samuel Johnson

Parents and children seldom act in concert: each child endeavors to appropriate the esteem or fondness of the parents, and the parents, with yet less temptation, betray each other to their children.      

Samuel Johnson

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.     

Samuel Johnson

Whoever shall review his life, will find that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment.     

Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Those that walk with vigor, three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.     

Samuel Johnson

That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.     

Samuel Johnson

A married man has many cares, but a bachelor no pleasures.     

Samuel Johnson

There may be community of material possessions, but there can never be community of love or esteem.     

Samuel Johnson

A blade of grass is always a blade of grass, whether in one country or another.     

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

The charm of London is that you are never glad or sorry for ten minutes together; in the country you are one or the other for weeks.     

Samuel Johnson

Prudence keeps life safe, but it does not often make it happy.      

Samuel Johnson

The great end of prudence is to give cheerfulness to those hours which splendor cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate.     

Samuel Johnson

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.     

Samuel Johnson

No man was ever great by imitation.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

No man is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness of himself.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Samuel Johnson

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.     

Samuel Johnson

The worst evils are those that never arrive.     

Samuel Johnson

Patience and submission are very carefully to be distinguished from cowardice and indolence. We are not to repine, but we may lawfully struggle; for the calamities of life, like the necessities of Nature, are calls to labor and diligence.     

Samuel Johnson