|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 1 Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.|
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]