Quotation by James Boswell

His mind resembled the vast amphitheatre, the Colisæum at Rome. In the centre stood his judgement, which, like a mighty gladiator, combated those apprehensions that, like the wild beasts of the Arena, were all around the cells, ready to be let out upon him. After a conflict, he drove them back into their dens; but not killing them, they were still assailing him.
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, October 27, 1769, p. 427, Oxford University Press (1980).

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