Samuel Johnson Quotes

It is indeed not easy to distinguish affectation from habit; he that has once studiously developed a style, rarely writes afterwards with complete ease.

Advice is offensive, it shows us that we are known to others as well as to ourselves.

Promise, large promise, is the soul of advertising.

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

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

Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.

Though many men are nominally entrusted with the administration of hospitals and other publick institutions, almost all the good is done by one man, by whom the rest are driven on; owing to confidence in him, and indolence in them.

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases.

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

Idleness and timidity often despair without being overcome, and forbear attempts for fear of being defeated; and we may promote the invigoration of faint endeavors, by showing what has already been performed.