The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

Bazyn, Ken

Continuum, 2002

p. 21

Quoting Boswell’s London Journal 1762-1763 by James Boswell:

“Samuel Johnson’s biographer, James Boswell, in his journal for Sunday, Nov 28, 1762, recounts: ‘I went to St. James’s Church and heard service and a good sermon on “By what means shall a young man learn to order his ways” in which the advantages of early piety were well displayed..  What a curious, inconsistent thing is the mind of man! In the midst of divine service I was laying plans for having women, and yet I had the most sincere feelings of religion.’”