Thursday, February 03, 2005

Boswell's diary

Thurday Jan 3rd

The last night to Mrs Thrales, where the company did discourse upon two of our circle, the one infamous for his ill-favoured countenance, the other for his licentious acquaintance. Whereon one of the company didst enquire unto Johnson "Which of them merit the most censure?". "Sir!", he replied with a smile, "The first; a gentleman may chuse his friends, but cannot pick his nose".

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