"I am willing ..." Quote of Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.

Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, April 15, 1778 (1791). "Sir, they are a race of convicts," Johnson stated in 1769, "and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging." (Quoted in Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, March 21, 1775).