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)
Contributed by: Zaady
I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.
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.
Source: Life of Johnson, 1791
Hell is paved with good intentions.
In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground.
Source: see Samuel Madden
My mind was, as it were, strongly impregnated with the Johnsonian ether.
That favorite subject, Myself.
Source: Letter to Temple, July 1763
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Source: Life of Johnson, 1791. Letter from Johnson
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