"There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or goodnature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralises all these--they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude."
"He had long before indulged most unfavourable sentiments of our fellow-subjects in America. For, as early as 1769,... he had saidof them, "Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for any thing we allow them short of hanging."
"Talking of our feeling for the distresses of others;MJOHNSON. "Why, Sir, there is much noise made about it, but it is greatly exaggerated.... BOSWELL. "But suppose now, Sir, that one of your intimate friends were apprehended for an offence for which he might be hanged." JOHNSON. "I should do what I could to bail him, and give him any other assistance; but if he were once fairly hanged, I would not suffer.... Sir, that sympathetic feeling goes a very little way in depressing the mind."