James Boswell

1740 - 1795

A Quote by James Boswell

I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

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A Quote by James Boswell on friendship, heart, and kindness

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 kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

Source: Life of Johnson, 1791

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A Quote by James Boswell on good, hell, and intention

Hell is paved with good intentions.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

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A Quote by James Boswell

In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

Source: see Samuel Madden

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A Quote by James Boswell on mind

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My mind was, as it were, strongly impregnated with the Johnsonian ether.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

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A Quote by James Boswell

That favorite subject, Myself.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

Source: Letter to Temple, July 1763

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A Quote by James Boswell

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

Source: Life of Johnson, 1791. Letter from Johnson

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A Quote by James Boswell on conversation, good, innocence, and wit

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 (1740 - 1795)

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