Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil, where he is known.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iv. Chap. ii. 1773.
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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.
Source: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
A very unclubable man.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1764.
No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.
Depend on it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Source: Letter to Boswell, 19 Sept. 1777
Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.
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.
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