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James Boswell Quotes

The connection between authors, printers, and booksellers must be kept up.
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He had no settled plan of life, nor looked forward at all, but merely lived from day to day. Yet he read a great deal in a desultory manner, without any scheme of study, as chance threw books in his way, and inclination directed him through them.

— James Boswell

The connection between authors, printers, and booksellers must be kept up.

— James Boswell

Mr. Langton one day asked him [Samuel Johnson] how he had acquired so accurate a knowledge of Latin, in which, I believe, he was exceeded by no man of his time; he said, 'My master whipt me very well. Without that, Sir, I should have done nothing.' He told Mr. Langton, that while Hunter was flogging his boys unmercifully, he used to say, 'And this I do to save you from the gallows.' Johnson, upon all occasions, expressed his approbation of enforcing instruction by means of the rod. 'I would rather (said he) have the rod to be the general terrour to all, to make them learn, than tell a child, if you do thus, or thus, you will be more esteemed than your brothers or sisters. The rod produces an effect which terminates in itself. A child is afraid of being whipped, and gets his task, and there's an end on't; whereas, by exciting emulation and comparisons of superiority, you lay the foundation of lasting mischief; you make brothers and sisters hate each other.

— James Boswell

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

— James Boswell

What an insignificant life is this which I am now leading!

— James Boswell

We had some port, and drank damnation to the play and eternal remorse to the author.

— James Boswell

I have seen many a bear led by a man: but I never before saw a man led by a bear.

— James Boswell

Why should not the knowledge, the skill, the expertness, the assiduity, and the spirited hazards of trade and commerce, when crowned with success, be entitled to give those flattering distinctions by which mankind are so universally captivated? Such are the specious, but false arguments for a proposition which always will find numerous advocates, in a nation where men are every day starting up from obscurity to wealth. To refute them is needless. The general sense of mankind cries out, with irresistible force, Un gentilhomme est toujours gentilhomme.

— James Boswell

But what can a man see of a library being one day in it?

— James Boswell

My mind was, as it were, strongly impregnated with the Johnsonian ether.

— James Boswell

The scent of Sloth tempts a smug man.

— James Boswell

When a man is familiar with many people he must expect many disagreeable familiarizations.

— James Boswell

If a man is prodigal, he cannot be truly generous.

— James Boswell

The pleasure of gratifying whim is very great. It is known only by those who are whimsical.

— James Boswell

Melancholy cannot be clearly proved to others, so it is better to be silent about it.

— James Boswell

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