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.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
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