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Brief author info: James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish lawyer, man of letters, biographer of Samuel Johnson.
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A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself.
If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good.
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
One must be strict even in little things.
Those who would extirpate evil from the world know little of human nature. As well might punch be palatable without souring as existence agreeable without care.
When we know exactly all a man's views and how he comes to speak and act so and so, we lose any respect for him, though we may love and admire him.
If a man is prodigal, he cannot be truly generous.
But what can a man see of a library being one day in it?
What a curious creature is man! With what a variety of powers and faculties is he endued! Yet how easily is he disturbed and put out of order!
When a man is familiar with many people he must expect many disagreeable familiarities.
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