James Boswell Quotes

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My definition of man is "a cooking animal."

mankind man the animal cooking

In every picture there should be shade as well as light.

biography

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.

wit abuse

A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.

puns

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
— James Boswell
Friendship, "the wine of life," should, like a well stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed.

friendship

A page of my Journal is like a cake of portable soup.  A little may be diffused into a considerable portion.

journalism

I saw what seemed a mere shrimp mount upon the table, but, as I listened, he grew and grew until the shrimp became a whale.

oratory

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

kindness friendship