|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||Hell is paved with good intentions. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. v. Chap. ix. 1775.|
See Herbert, Quotation 21.
Do not be troubled by Saint Bernards saying that hell is full of good intentions and wills.Francis de Sales: Spiritual Letters. Letter xii. (Translated by the author of A Dominican Artist.) 1605. [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]