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James Boswell

Datum narození: 29. říjen 1740
Datum úmrtí: 19. květen 1795

James Boswell byl skotský spisovatel a právník.


„Žádná vlastnost nezíská člověku tolik přátel jako schopnost obdivovat vlastnosti druhých.“

„Nikdo není tak snadno zranitelný vínem jako já.“


„We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of acts of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.“

„I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy.“ London Journal, 1762-1763

„It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.“ The Life of Samuel Johnson

„Quoting: "Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.“ Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

„Nay, Sir, it was not the WINE that made your head ache, but the SENSE that I put into it'
'What, Sir! will sense make the head ache?'
'Yes, Sir, (with a smile,) when it is not used to it.“
The Life of Samuel Johnson

„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.“ The Life of Samuel Johnson


„I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues.“

„My definition of man is a cooking animal. The beasts have memory, judgement, and the faculties and passions of our minds in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook.“ The Journals, 1762-95

„I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.“

„Everything about his character and manners was forcible and violent; there never was any moderation; many a day did he fast, many a year did he refrain from wine; but when he did eat, it was voraciously; when he did drink wine, it was copiously. He could practise abstinence, but not temperance.“ The Life of Samuel Johnson


„He made two or three peculiar observations; as when shewn the botanical garden, 'Is not EVERY garden a botanical garden?“ The Life of Samuel Johnson

„Dr Johnson said, the inscription should have been in Latin, as every thing intended to be universal and permanent, should be.“

„The connection between authors, printers, and booksellers must be kept up.“ London Journal, 1762-1763

„At night I strolled into the Park and took the first whore I met, whom I without many words copulated with free from danger, being safely sheathed. She was ugly and lean and her breath smelt of spirits. I never asked her name. When it was done, she slunk off. I had a low opinion of this practice and resolved to do it no more.“ London Journal, 1762-1763

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