Quotation by Samuel Johnson

Never, my dear Sir, do you take it into your head that I do not love you; you may settle yourself in full confidence both of my love and my esteem; I love you as a kind man, I value you as a worthy man, and hope in time to reverence you as a man of exemplary piety.
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British author, lexicographer. letter, Aug. 27, 1775, to James Boswell. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 431, ed. R.W. Chapman (1952).
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