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Samuel Johnson Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 exposes himself when he is intoxicated,
has not the art of getting drunk.
- 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

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 seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything
than he does of his dinner.
- Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

The challenge of living a great life is to create
a meaningful whole out of sometimes ill-fitting halves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

I welcome change as a great adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

It is an act of great Courage to forsake all Blame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

Great oaks from little acorns grow.
- Proverb


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