Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.1
Life of Johnson (Boswell).2Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.
Note 1. I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actor spoke, nor the religion which they professed,whether Arab in the desert, or Frenchman in the Academy. I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion of well-doing and daring.Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Preacher. Lectures and Biographical Sketches, p. 215. [back]
Note 2. From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswells intention to write a life of him, announced, with decision enough, that if he thought Boswell really meant to write his life he would prevent it by taking Boswells!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]