The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

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G. Walker ... [and 9 others], 1820 - English literature

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Page 338 - I cannot forbear to mention, that neither reason nor revelation denies you to hope, that you may increase her happiness, by obeying her precepts ; and that she may, in her present state, look, with pleasure, upon every act of virtue, to which her instructions or example have contributed.
Page 377 - We had a passage of about twelve miles to the point where resided, having come from his seat in the middle of the island to a small house on the shore, as we believe, that he might with less reproach entertain us meanly. If he aspired to meanness, his retrograde ambition was completely gratified, but he did not succeed equally in escaping reproach. He had no cook, nor I suppose much provision, nor had the lady the common decencies of her tea-table: we picked up our sugar with our fingers. Boswell...
Page 435 - I am sitting down in no cheerful solitude to write a narrative which would once have affected you with tenderness and sorrow, but which you will perhaps pass over now with the careless glance of frigid indifference. For this diminution of regard however, I know not whether I ought to blame you, who may have reasons which I cannot know, and I do not blame myself, who have for a great part of human life done you what good I could, and have never done you evil.
Page 280 - There are many things delivered rhetorically, many expressions therein merely tropical, and as they best illustrate my intention ; and therefore also there are many things to be taken in a soft and flexible sense, and not to be called unto the rigid test of reason.
Page 284 - ... and had^[ lately declared, that " the whole world was made for man, " but only the twelfth part of man for woman ;" and, that " man is the whole world, but woman only " the rib or crooked part of man.
Page 378 - The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Page 287 - Happy are they which live not in that disadvantage of time, when men could say little for futurity, but from reason...
Page 287 - In 1658 the discovery of some ancient urns in Norfolk gave him occasion to write Hydriotaphia, Urn-burial, or a Discourse of sepulchral Urns, in which he treats with his usual learning on the funeral rites of the ancient nations ; exhibits their various treatment of the dead ; and examines the substances found in his Norfolcian urns.
Page 301 - His memory, though not so eminent as that of Seneca or Scaliger, was capacious and tenacious, insomuch as he remembered all that was remarkable in any book that he had read...

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