Hanging … It concentrates the mind wonderfully.

Many of the famed witticisms uttered by British writer, lexicographer and wit Samuel Johnson were recorded for posterity in a journal kept by his admirer and friend James Boswell. Boswell used entries from the journal as a foundation for his classic biography, Life of Johnson (first published in 1791). One of Johnson’s oft-quoted quips comes … Read more

“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”

James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., often referred to as Boswell’s Life of Johnson, is one of the most famous biographies ever written and the best known source of memorable quotations by Samuel Johnson. Few people today have read this entire work. And, given that it amounts to more than 1,200 pages of … Read more