Samuel Johnson: If to the Rescue … early is best

samuel johnsonDaily Dabble in the Classics, Samuel Johnson

Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labors, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.


Source: Samuel Johnson, as quoted in Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, Volume I, p. 261.


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