Quotes by: Samuel Johnson
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time, which will never return.
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.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.
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.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
You can't be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who's for you and who's against you.