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" 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. "
" I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. "
" I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. "
" He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. "
" I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. "
" I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding. "
" We must take our friends as they are. "
" A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion. "
" A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. "
" If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. "
" It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy. "
" A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. "
" What an insignificant life is this which I am now leading! "