Quotation by James Boswell

I teazed him with fanciful apprehensions of unhappiness. A moth having fluttered round the candle, and burnt itself, he laid hold of this little incident to admonish me; saying, with a sly look, and in a solemn but quiet tone, "That creature was its own tormentor, and I believe its name was BOSWELL."
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, Aug. 6, 1763, p. 333, Oxford University Press (1980).

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