It may be observed in general that the future is purchased by the present. It is not possible to secure distant or permanent happiness but by the forbearance of some immediate gratification.

-Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson

The majority of a society is the true definition of the public.

Samuel Johnson
Many of our miseries are merely comparative: we are often made unhappy, not by the presence of any real evil, but by the absence of some fictitious good; of something which is not required by any real want of nature, which has not in itself any power of gratification, and which neither reason nor fancy would have prompted us to wish, did we not see it in the possession of others.
Samuel Johnson

The perfect day for quitting is not real. It will never come, so might as well start today

Samuel Johnson
Nothing odd will do long. Tristram Shandy did not last.
Samuel Johnson

To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence--an exemption granted only to invariable virtue.

Samuel Johnson
No cause more frequently produces bashfulness than too high an opinion of our own importance. He that imagines an assembly filled with his merit, panting with expectation, and hushed with attention, easily terrifies himself with the dread of disappointing them, and strains his imagination in pursuit of something that may vindicate the veracity of fame, and show that his reputation was not gained by chance.
Samuel Johnson

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.

Samuel Johnson
In all political regulations, good cannot be complete, it can only be predominant.
Samuel Johnson

The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to England.

Samuel Johnson
Criticism, though dignified from the earliest ages by the labours of men eminent for knowledge and sagacity, has not yet attained the certainty and stability of science.