Indeed, the freedom with which Dr Johnson condemns whatever he disapproves is astonishing.

A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.

For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one's acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.

I cannot sleep - great joy is as restless as great sorrow.

In the bosom of her respectable family resided Camilla.

There is no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

. . . men seldom risk their lives where an escape is without hope of recompense.

. . . Imagination took the reins, and Reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.