"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."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Samuel Johnson on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Samuel Johnson on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Samuel Johnson on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Samuel Johnson on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Samuel Johnson on Ernest Hemingway
"There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex."
"Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed."
"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair."
"Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth."
"The true art of memory is the art of attention."