The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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Talboys & Wheeler, 1826
 

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Obviously, this rating is for myself alone. Two stars in my library means that I did not like the book, but that someone else might. In this case, I found Boswell to fawning for my enjoyment, and ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Revisió d'Usuari  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Boswell is a good biographer, better than most modern ones. Samuel Johnson was quite a character, one who, even today, would be interesting to know. Whether discussing the rebellion in the North ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Pàgina 156 - We were now treading that illustrious island which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions ; whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured ; and would be foolish, if it were possible.
Pàgina 161 - Why, sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life ; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Pàgina 150 - Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Pàgina 100 - The' oblivious grave's inviolable shade. Let one great payment every claim appease ; And him who cannot hurt, allow to please; To please by scenes unconscious of offence, By harmless merriment or useful sense. Where aught of bright or fair the piece displays, Approve it only — 'tis too late to praise ! If want of skill, or want of care appear, Forbear to hiss — the poet cannot hear! By all like him must praise and blame be found, At best a fleeting gleam or empty sound.
Pàgina 165 - No, Sir: but we respect a great player, as a man who can conceive lofty sentiments, and can express them gracefully." JOHNSON. "What, Sir, a fellow who claps a hump on his back, and a lump on his leg, and cries, '/ am Richard the Third'?
Pàgina 58 - The first time I was in company with Foote was at Fitzherbert's. Having no good opinion of the fellow, I was resolved not to be pleased; and it is very difficult to please a man against his will. I went on eating my dinner pretty sullenly, affecting not to mind him. But the dog was so very comical, that I was obliged to lay down my knife and fork, throw myself back upon my chair, and fairly laugh it out. No, Sir, he was irresistible.
Pàgina 157 - And, Sir, as to metaphorical expression, that is a great excellence in style, when it is used with propriety, for it gives you two ideas for one; — conveys the meaning more luminously, and generally with a perception of delight.
Pàgina 272 - I am a straggler. I may leave this town and go to Grand Cairo, without being missed here or observed there.
Pàgina 240 - by doing so, you would do what would be of importance in raising your children to eminence. There would be a lustre reflected upon them from your spirit and curiosity. They would be at all times regarded as the children of a man who had gone to view the wall of China. I am serious, sir.
Pàgina 83 - ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men ; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise ; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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