|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||Sir, he [Bolingbroke] was a scoundrel and a coward: a scoundrel for charging a blunderbuss against religion and morality; a coward, because he had not resolution to fire it off himself, but left half a crown to a beggarly Scotchman to draw the trigger at his death.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 1 Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.|
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]