Quotes by: Samuel Johnson
To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.
The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.
You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it; for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.