• I love the acquaintance of young people; because, in the first place, I do not like to think myself growing old. In the next place, young acquaintances must last longest, if they do last; and then, sir, young men have more virtue than old men; they have more generous sentiments in every respect.

    In James Boswell 'The Life of Samuel Johnson' (1791) vol. 1, p. 445 (21 July 1763)