One evening when a young gentleman teazed him with an account

One evening when a young gentleman teazed him with an account of the infidelity of his servant, who, he said, would not believe the scriptures, because he could not read them in the original tongues, and be sure that they were not invented, ‚Why, foolish fellow, (said Johnson,) has he any better authority for almost every thing that he believes?‘ BOSWELL. ‚Then the vulgar, Sir, never can know they are right, but must submit themselves to the learned.‘ JOHNSON. ‚To be sure, Sir. The vulgar are the children of the State, and must be taught like children.‘ BOSWELL. ‚Then, Sir, a poor Turk must be a Mahometan, just as a poor Englishman must be a Christian?‘ JOHNSON. ‚Why, yes, Sir; and what then? This now is such stuff as I used to talk to my mother, when I first began to think myself a clever fellow; and she ought to have whipt me for it.‘