James Boswell Quotes (66 quotes)
“For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.”
Boswell's Life of Johnson: Abridged and Edited With an Introduction by Charles Grosvenor Osgood, Library of Alexandria - ISBN: 9781465529879
Comment on Samuel Johnson's treatment of Thomas Sheridan (16 October 1769) - The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791)
“I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
The life of Samuel Johnson (1826 edition)
Boswell's Life of Johnson (2008 edition), ReadHowYouWant.com - ISBN: 9781442915930
“I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson.”
Boswell's Life of Johnson: including Boswell's Journal of a tour of the Hebrides, and Johnson's diary of A journal into North Wales (1799 edition)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJames Boswell
Born: October 29, 1740
Died: May 19, 1795 (aged 54)
Occupation: Lawyer, diarist, author
Bio: James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland; he is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which contemporary Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.