Love Quotes and Sayings

Samuel Johnson Love Quotes and Sayings

Samuel Johnson Love Quotes and Sayings

1. Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

2. Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

3. To love one that is great, is almost to be great one’s self.

4. Love is only one of many passions.

5. The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.

6. The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”. He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson.

Sayings by Samuel Johnson

1. Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

2. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

3. It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

4. Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?

5. You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.

6. What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.

7. It is necessary to hope … for hope itself is happiness.

8. He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.

9. If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

10. Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

11. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

12. Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

13. 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.

14. We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.

15. Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

16. When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

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

18. Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.

19. My dear friend, clear your mind of can’t.

20. Actions are visible, though motives are secret.

21. In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

22. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

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

24. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

25. The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.