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The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
by Samuel Johnson

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Habit Habits

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.
- Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

 

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

The feeling of friendship is like that
of being comfortably filled with roast beef;
love, like being enlivened with champagne.
- Samuel Johnson

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Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson [also attributed to Oscar Wilde]

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

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated,
has not the art of getting drunk.
- Samuel Johnson

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince;
but,
one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
- Samuel Johnson

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

A am a great friend of public amusements,
they keep people from vice.
- Samuel Johnson

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
- Samuel Johnson

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which
a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
- Samuel Johnson

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
- Samuel Johnson

A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything
than he does of his dinner.
- 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

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
- Samuel Johnson

Allow children to be happy in their own way,
for what better way will they find?
- Samuel Johnson

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
- Samuel Johnson

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;
his aim is so exalted that riches,
office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
- Samuel Johnson

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state,
and so is most beneficial to us.
- Samuel Johnson

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him,
for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
- Samuel Johnson

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty
as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
- Samuel Johnson

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
- Samuel Johnson

We all go through life bristling
at our external limitations,
but the most difficult chains
to break are inside us.
- Bradley Whitford

It is better to be in chains with friends,
than to be in a garden with strangers.
- Persian Proverb

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.
- Nelson Mandela

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

It will free man from the remaining chains,
the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
- Wernher von Braun

The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains,
from imprisonment, from enslavement by others.
The rest is extension of this sense,
or else metaphor.
- Isaiah Berlin

Chains do not hold a marriage together.
It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads,
which sew people together through the years.
- Simone Signoret

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.
- Countess of Blessington

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
- Voltaire

If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains;
every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains.
- Joe Hill

His very chains helped to deceive him about the harshness of his service.
- Bruno Bauer

We're not like Alice In Chains where somebody dies and the band breaks up.
- Ann Wilson

Women are not so well united as to form an Insurrection.
They are for the most part wise enough to love their Chains,
and to discern how becomingly they fit.
- Mary Astell

The worker of the world has nothing to lose,
but their chains, workers of the world unite.
- Karl Marx

Man is everywhere still in chains.
- Herbert Read

All those rappers, they're the only glamorous people working in music now.
They dress up in these chains of gold,
cars, girls and this and that, high-heeled shoes.
- Bryan Ferry

The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation,
ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.
- William Henry Harrison

Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom.
The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.
- David Herbert Lawrence

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
- Voltaire

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
- Paul Whiteman

Luxury!
more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand,
poverty or chains.
- Hannah More

Freedom is living without chains.
- Indra Devi

Color harmony was thrown out years ago,
as restrictive chains were broken forming my free style.
- Frank Bruno

Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
- Karl Marx

Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.
The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.
They have a world to win.
Workingmen of all countries, unite!
- Karl Marx

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
- Rosa Luxemburg

In the final choice, a soldier's pack
is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I try to do the right thing with money.
Save a dollar here and there, clip some coupons.
Buy ten gold chains instead of 20.
Four summer homes instead of eight.
- LL Cool J

Nor was it only from the millions of slaves that chains had been removed;
the whole nation had been in bondage;
free speech had been suppressed.
- Matthew Simpson

We forge the chains we wear in life.
- Charles Dickens

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind,
and has given up worrying once and for all.
- Ovid

Science will liberate us from the chains of big cities
and lead us back to nature.
- Lennart Meri

It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
- Franz Kafka

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

When you work with chains or any kind of weapons,
or just when you're using hand-to-hand combat,
you are going to get hurt.
- Lucy Liu

The chains that bind us the most closely are the ones we have broken.
- Antonio Porchia

They put chains on me; they chained my waist,
my legs.
Put me in the back of a squad car, and I literally blacked out.
I didn't even - there's whole pieces missing.
- Jim Bakker

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they
are too heavy to be broken.
- Warren Buffett

I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple;
garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star,
and I dance.
- Arthur Rimbaud


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