Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. iv. 1776.
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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.
A thousand years may elapse before there shall appear another man with a power of versification equal to that of Pope.
Source: BOSWELL, Life of Johnson, 1791
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into the short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.
Attack is the reaction. I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. vi. 1775.
Johnson observed that he 'did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney'.
Source: Johnsonian Miscellanies
Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
Source: Sir John Hawkins, Life of Johnson, 1787, Apothegms
That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. v. 1770.
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Source: The Idler. No. 57.
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