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James Boswell

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.
James Boswell art
Boswell is pleasant and gay, For frolic by nature designed; He heedlessly rattles away When company is to his mind.
James Boswell nature
I jumped up on the benches, roared out, "Damn you, you rascals!", hissed and was in the greatest rage. [...] I hated the English; I wished from my soul that the Union was broke and that we might give them another .
James Boswell soul
'Sir,' said Mr Johnson, 'a lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause which he undertakes, unless his client asks his opinion, and then he is bound to give it honestly. The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.'
James Boswell business
I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically.
James Boswell time
The best good man, with the worst natur'd muse.
James Boswell man
Influence must ever be in proportion to property; and it is right it should.
James Boswell right
In every place, where there is any thing worthy of observation, there should be a short printed directory for strangers.
James Boswell anger
As all who come into the country must obey the King, so all who come into an university must be of the Church.
James Boswell country
My lord and Dr Johnson disputed a little, whether the savage or the London shopkeeper had the best existence; his lordship, as usual, preferring the savage.
James Boswell existence
I regretted I was not the head of a clan; however, though not possessed of such an hereditary advantage, I would always endeavour to make my tenants follow me.
James Boswell age
Such groundless fears will arise in the mind, before it has resumed its vigour after sleep!
James Boswell fear
When I called upon Dr. Johnson next morning, I found him highly satisfied with his colloquial prowess the preceding evening. "Well, (said he,) we had good talk." BOSWELL: "Yes, Sir, you tossed and gored several persons."
James Boswell good
His mind resembled the vast ampitheatre, the Colis
James Boswell mind
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.
James Boswell friendship
You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
James Boswell time
Then, all censure of a man's self is oblique praise.
James Boswell self
What can he mean by coming among us? He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.
James Boswell self
[...] for the Doctor observed, that no man takes upon himself small blemishes without supposing that great abilities are attributed to him; and that, in short, this affectation of candour or modesty was but another kind of indirect self-praise, and had its foundation in vanity.
James Boswell self
Johnson is dead. Let us go to the next best — there is nobody; no man can be said to put you in mind of Johnson.
James Boswell mind
There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
James Boswell love
I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
James Boswell men
What an insignificant life is this which I am now leading!
James Boswell life
A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself.
James Boswell love
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
James Boswell self
I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson.
James Boswell joy
For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
James Boswell art
If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good.
James Boswell power
A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion.
James Boswell age
A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
James Boswell good
It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy.
James Boswell man
We must take our friends as they are.
James Boswell friends
I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything.
James Boswell hate

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