|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.|
See Pope, Quotation 200. [back]
From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswells intention to write a life of him, announced, with decision enough, that if he thought Boswell really meant to write his life he would prevent it by taking Boswells!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]