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Samuel Johnson

No, Sir; there were people who died of dropsies, which they contracted in trying to get drunk.
Scornfully criticizing the strength of the wine in Scotland before the Act of Union in response to Boswell's claim that there had been a lot of drunkenness Tour to the Hebrides (J. Boswell), 1773 Samuel Johnson.

A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist, who does not love Scotland better than truth.
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland ( (1775)) 'Ostig in Sky.' Samuel Johnson.

Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.
A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
Samuel Johnson.

The man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not
gain force upon the field of Marathon or whose piety
would not grow warmer among the ruins of lona.
Samuel Johnson

Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775) 'Inch Kenneth' Samuel Johnson.

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