Samuel Johnson


Dr. Samuel Johnson, an 18th century English author, published The Dictionary of English Languagein 1755. He also earned immense admiration among literary critics for his fiction novels, poems and plays. Gain inspiration from the wise words of Samuel Johnson.

Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.

Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates.

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

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion.

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

Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.

When speculation has done its worse, two and two still make four.

Your aspirations are your possibilities.


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