Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
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Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. i. Chap. vii. 1743.
Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
All censure of a man's self is oblique praise. It is in order to show how much he can spare.
A very unclubable man.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1764.
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