|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||I remember a passage in Goldsmiths Vicar of Wakefield, which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
There was another fine passage too which he struck out: When I was a young man, being anxious to distinguish myself, I was perpetually starting new propositions. But I soon gave this over; for I found that generally what was new was false.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 1 Vol. vii. Chap. viii. 1779.|
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]