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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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.
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
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