In James Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.(1785), the entry for Monday, 16th August, 1773, quotes Dr. Johnson:
... How much better is the man who does any thing that is innocent, than he who does nothing. Besides, I love anecdotes. I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically, except in narrative; grow weary of preparation, and connection, and illustration, and all those arts by which a big book is made. --- If a man is to wait till he weaves anecdotes into a system, we may be long in getting them, and get but few, in comparison of what we might get.
Monday, April 19, 1999 at 20:59:27 (EDT) = Datetag19990419