Quotation by Samuel Johnson

"My dear Sir, you don't call Rousseau bad company. Do you really think him a bad man?..." JOHNSON. "... I think him one of the worst of men; a rascal who ought to be hunted out of society, as he has been...." BOSWELL. "I don't deny, Sir, but that his novel may, perhaps, do harm; but I cannot think his intention was bad." JOHNSON. "Sir, that will not do. We cannot prove any man's intention to be bad. You may shoot a man through the head, and say you intended to miss him; but the Judge will order you to be hanged."
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, February 15, 1766, p. 359, Oxford University Press (1980).
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