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
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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.
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.
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