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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4073
AUTHOR:Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
QUOTATION:Johnson said that he could repeat a complete chapter of “The Natural History of Iceland” from the Danish of Horrebow, the whole of which was exactly thus: “There are no snakes to be met with throughout the whole island.” 1 [Chap. lxxii.]
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. vii. Chap. iv. 1778.
 
Note 1.
Chapter xlii. is still shorter: “There are no owls of any kind in the whole island.” [back]
Note 2.
From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.

Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswell’s 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 Boswell’s!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]
 

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