Quotation by James Boswell

Had Dr. Johnson written his own life, in conformity with the opinion which he has given, that every man's life may be best written by himself; had he employed in the preservation of his own history, that clearness of narration and elegance of language in which he has embalmed so many eminent persons, the world would probably have had the most perfect example of biography that was ever exhibited.
James Boswell (1740–95), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, from the introduction, p. 19, Oxford University Press (1980).
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