11 September 2009
How to be immodest
'How easily and cleverly I do write just now! I am really pleased with myself; words come skipping to me like lambs upon Moffat Hill; and I turn my periods smoothly and imperceptibly like a skilful wheelwright turning tops in a turning-loom. There's fancy! There's simile! In short, I am at present a genius: in that does my opulence consist, and not in base metal'
- From the journal of diarist James Boswell, 9 February 1763