James Boswell

#8791 James Boswell

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. .

James Boswell Quotes about art
#8792 James Boswell

Boswell is pleasant and gay, For frolic by nature designed; He heedlessly rattles away When company is to his mind. .

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#8793 James Boswell

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 Quotes about soul
#8794 James Boswell

'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 Quotes about business
#8795 James Boswell

I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically. .

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#8796 James Boswell

The best good man, with the worst natur'd muse. .

James Boswell Quotes about man
#8797 James Boswell

Influence must ever be in proportion to property; and it is right it should. .

James Boswell Quotes about right
#8798 James Boswell

In every place, where there is any thing worthy of observation, there should be a short printed directory for strangers. .

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#8799 James Boswell

As all who come into the country must obey the King, so all who come into an university must be of the Church. .

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#8800 James Boswell

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 Quotes about existence
#8801 James Boswell

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. .

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#8802 James Boswell

Such groundless fears will arise in the mind, before it has resumed its vigour after sleep! .

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#8803 James Boswell

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 Quotes about good
#8805 James Boswell

His mind resembled the vast ampitheatre, the Colis .

James Boswell Quotes about mind
#8806 James Boswell

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 Quotes about friendship
#8807 James Boswell

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. .

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#8808 James Boswell

Then, all censure of a man's self is oblique praise. .

James Boswell Quotes about self
#8809 James Boswell

What can he mean by coming among us? He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others. .

James Boswell Quotes about self
#8810 James Boswell

[...] 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 Quotes about self
#8811 James Boswell

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 Quotes about mind
#81741 James Boswell

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. .

James Boswell Quotes about love
#81742 James Boswell

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding. .

James Boswell Quotes about men
#81743 James Boswell

What an insignificant life is this which I am now leading! .

James Boswell Quotes about life
#81744 James Boswell

A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. .

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#81746 James Boswell

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. .

James Boswell Quotes about self
#81747 James Boswell

I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. .

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#81748 James Boswell

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 Quotes about art
#81749 James Boswell

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 Quotes about power
#81750 James Boswell

A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion. .

James Boswell Quotes about age
#81751 James Boswell

A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. .

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