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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4049
AUTHOR:Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
QUOTATION:That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Johnson (Boswell). 2 Vol. iii. Chap. v. 1770.
 
Note 1.
Mr. Kremlin as distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.—Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield): Sybil, book iv. chap. 5. [back]
Note 2.
From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.

Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswell’s 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 Boswell’s!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]
 

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