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106. America/Americans; Ouch!!!
"Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for
anything we allow them short of hanging."
248. America/Americans; Freedom;
"How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty
among the drivers of negroes?"
Johnson: Taxation No Tyranny
335. America; Emigration
"To a man of mere animal life, you can urge
no argument against
going to America, but that it will be some time before he will
get the earth to produce. But a man of any intellectual
enjoyment will not easily go and immerse himself and his
posterity for ages in barbarism."
Boswell: Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
396. America/Americans; Authority;
"We have now, for more than two centuries, ruled large tracts of
the American continent, by a claim which, perhaps, is valid only
upon this consideration, that no power can produce a better; by
the right of discovery, and prior settlement. And by such titles
almost all the dominions of the earth are holden, except that
their original is beyond memory, and greater obscurity gives them
Johnson: Thoughts on the Late
Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands
"I am willing to love all mankind, except an American"
Boswell: Life of Johnson
413. America/Americans; Patriotism;
"He that wishes to see his country robbed of its rights cannot be
"That man, therefore, is no patriot, who
justifies the ridiculous claims of American usurpation; who
endeavours to deprive the nation of its natural and lawful
authority over its own colonies, which were settled under English
protection; were constituted by an English charter; and have
been defended by English arms.
"To suppose, that by sending out a colony, the nation established
an independent power; that when, by indulgence and favour,
emigrants are become rich, they shall not contribute to their own
defence, but at their own pleasure; and that they shall not be
included, like millions of their fellow-subjects, in the general
system of representation; involves such an accumulation of
absurdity, as nothing but the show of patriotism could
"He that accepts protection, stipulates obedience. We have
always protected the Americans; we may, therefore, subject them
Johnson: The Patriot
423. America/Americans; Choice;
"As man can be in but one place, at once, he cannot have the
advantages of multiplied residence. He that will enjoy the
brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. He
who goes voluntarily to America, cannot complain of losing what
he leaves in Europe. He, perhaps, had a right to vote for a
knight or burgess; by crossing the Atlantick, he has not
nullified his right; but he has made its exertion no longer
possible. By his own choice he has left a country, where he had
a vote and little property, for another, where he has great
property, but no vote."
Johnson: Taxation No Tyranny
666. America; Freedom; Slavery
"Slavery is now no where more patiently endured, than in
countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty."
Johnson: Idler #11 (June 24, 1758)