|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. iii. Chap. v. 1770.|
Mr. Kremlin as distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield): Sybil, book iv. chap. 5. [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]