Samuel Johnson Quotes

You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not – silence is the sharper sword.

Calumnities are best answered with silence.

To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent to his works.

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.

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.

Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.

Faction seldom leaves a man honest, however it might find him.

A wise Tory and a wise Whig, will, I believe, agree. Their principles are the same, though their modes of thinking are different. A high Tory makes government unintelligible; it is lost in the clouds. A violent Whig makes it impracticable: he is for allowing so much liberty to every man, that there is not […]

Dr. Johnson now said, a certain eminent political friend of ours (Burke) was wrong, in his maxim of sticking to a certain set of “men” on all occasions. “I can see that a man may do right to stick to a “party”,” said he; “that is to say, he is a “Whig”, or he is […]