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William Samuel Johnson Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by William Samuel Johnson.

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds,
the first passion and the last.
- William Samuel Johnson

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.
- William Samuel Johnson

refuge of scoundrels
- William Samuel Johnson

To keep your secret is wisdom; to expect others to keep it is folly.
- William Samuel Johnson

 

Hope is itself a species of happiness,
and, perhaps, the chief happiness, which this world affords.
- William Samuel Johnson

To improve the golden moment of opportunity,
and catch the good that is within our reach,
is the great art of life.
- William Samuel Johnson

It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity.
- William Samuel Johnson

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Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
- William Samuel Johnson

Hope is necessary in every condition.
The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would,
without this comfort, be insupportable.
- William Samuel Johnson

Whatever you have, spend less.
- William Samuel Johnson

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

We keep moving forward, opening new doors,
and doing new things, because we're curious
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
- Walt Disney

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

Eternity:
I am drawn to the wild edge of the ocean of my being
My curiosity unbound, I test the limits
of the limitless and the boundaries of the timeless.
I walk the path - the way - the way of ways -
to the end which is not an end.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Satisfaction of one's curiosity
is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
- Linus Pauling

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Never lose a holy curiosity.
- Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
- Steven Wright

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts;
for if you let it pass,
the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.
- William Wirt

Curiosity doesn't matter any more.
These days people don't want to be transported to emotional
territories where they don't know how to react.
- Hector Babenko

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize
that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
- James Harvey Robinson

There's certainly something very uncomfortable about
the voyeurism involved in being in the press,
being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about,
you.
- Claire Danes

An understanding of the natural world and what's in
it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.
- David Attenborough

In a house where there are small children the bathroom
soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curiosity Shop.
- Robert Benchley

Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our
coming into this world and what will follow our departure.
- Petrarch

We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist,
and our work is a delightful game.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Curiosity does, no less than devotion,
pilgrims make.
- Abraham Cowley

The young generation has a different curiosity that is more visual.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
- William Arthur Ward

I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm.
I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
- Anne Rice

Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.
- Freya Stark

Each story we approach in the same way,
with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image.
- Martin Bashir

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination,
because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise,
gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which
it was not before possessed.
- Joseph Addison

Research is formalized curiosity.
It is poking and prying with a purpose.
- Zora Neale Hurston

It is one thing to mortify curiosity,
another to conquer it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The music and everything we're doing on the stage and
on television backs itself up.
If that's what gets people's curiosity going or brings their attention to us,
that's fine.
- Tina Yothers

What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
- Samuel Richardson

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
- Jeremy Taylor

My invention, (the motion picture camera),
can be exploited...
as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that it has
no commercial value whatsoever.
- Auguste Lumiere

I would have thought he would be there out of just plain curiosity.
It was incredible that he was missing.
- James Kirkwood

Human curiosity, the urge to know, is a powerful force
and is perhaps the best secret weapon of all in the
struggle to unravel the workings of the natural world.
- Aaron Klug

I have a certain curiosity for life that drives me and propels me forward.
- Rachel McAdams

I wasn't driven into medicine by a social conscience
but by rampant curiosity.
- Jonathan Miller

I came together with younger musicians and tried to
pass on my own experiences.
In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis.
- Samuel Alexander

The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity,
and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.
- William Winwood Reade

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd,
like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees,
will often be stung for his curiosity.
- Alexander Pope

Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and
the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most
important contributions education can make.
- Paul Berg

Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
- Mary Leakey

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher;
but he who goes from country to country,
guided by the blind impulse of curiosity,
is a vagabond.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity,
and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.
- Fawn M. Brodie

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
- Thomas Hobbes

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind,
is curiosity.
- Edmund Burke

Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating
of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
- Clarence Day

That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject,
some human remains will be detected in the older alluvium of European valleys,
I confidently expect.
- Charles Lyell

Children rarely want to know who their parents were
before they were parents,
and when age finally stirs their curiosity,
there is no parent left to tell them.
- Russell Baker

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.
- Bryant H. McGill

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity,
wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that
reveals the human spirit.
- e. e. cummings

The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world,
not interest in the writings of philosophers.
- Bryan Magee

The art of letters will come to an end before A.D.
2000.
I shall survive as a curiosity.
- Ezra Pound

I have this extraordinary curiosity about all subjects
of the natural and human world and the interaction
between the physical sciences and the social sciences.
- Ian Hacking


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