James Boswell - Quotes

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There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. ---->>>

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

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

I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. ---->>>

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

A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. ---->>>

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. ---->>>

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. ---->>>

If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. ---->>>

A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. ---->>>

A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion. ---->>>

It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy. ---->>>

We must take our friends as they are. ---->>>

I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Scottish
Born: October 29, 1740
Birthplace:
Die: May 19, 1795
Occupation: Lawyer
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James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (; 29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish biographer and diarist, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has said is the greatest biography written in the English language (wikipedia)