Favorite Quotations Samuel Johnson Life of Samuel Johnson

"Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage." ~ Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Read over your compositions and, when you meet with a passage that you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

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.

Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame. How can they still hold their heads high among human beings?

A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of everything.

Deviation from Nature is deviation from happiness.

Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

Clear your mind of can't.

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

We are told, that the black bear is innocent; but I should not like to trust myself with him.

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.

He that accepts protection, stipulates obedience.

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.

He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.