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" If a life be delayed till interest and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but must expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile and evanescent kind, such as soon escape the memory,... "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 6
by James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
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The Rambler [by S. Johnson and others].

1750
...improperly and barbaroufly of the phrafe Noble Gentleman, becaufe either word included the fenfe of both. There are indeed fome natural reafons why thefe narratives...are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till all intereft and envy are at an end, and all motives to calumny or flattery are fupprefled, we may...
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The Rambler: In Four Volumes..

Samuel Johnson - 1784
...improperly and barbarou..y ot the phraie noil Gentleman, oceanic eitiier word included the fenfe of both. There are, indeed, fome natural reafons why thefe narratives are often written by lucii as were not likely to give much inllrucuon or delight, and why moft accounts of particular perions...
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British Classics

Edward Francis Burney, Richard Corbould - History - 1785
...why mod accounts of particular, psrfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till interclt and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft ex-, peel little intelligence; for the incidents S i which which give excellence to biography are of...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Samuel Johnson, Sir John Hawkins - 1787
...improperly and barbaroufly of the phrafe noble Gentleman, becaufe either word included the fenfe of both. There are, indeed, fome natural reafons why thefe...moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ulelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The Rambler

Samuel Johnson, Sir John Hawkins - English literature - 1787
...improperly and barbaroufly of the phrafe noble Gentleman, becaufe either word included the fenfe of both. There are, indeed, fome natural reafons why thefe...often written by fuch as were not likely to give much inftru&ion or delight, and why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life...
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The rambler

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1792
...improperly and barbaroufly of the phrafe noble Gentleman, becaufe either word included the fenfe of both. There are, indeed, fome natural reafons why thefe...envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but mull expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile...
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The Rambler

Samuel Johnson - 1792 - 463 pages
...why moft accounts of particular perlbns aro barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till in'.^reft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but mufl c\pcft little intelligence ; for the incidents S * which which give excellence to biography are...
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The Monthly review. New and improved ser

1795
...appearance of this biographical preface. " If (as Juhnfon remarks in oneof his Ramblers) alifebedelayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but we muft expe£l little intelligence;" and though, as he alfo remarks in the fame paper, the biographer...
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The Monthly Review

Ralph Griffiths, George Edward Griffiths - 1795
...biographical preface. *' If (as Juhnfon remarks in oneof his Ramblers) alifebedelayed, till intereli and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but MC mult expeft little intelligence;" and though, as he alloremarks in the fame paper, the biographer...
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The Monthly Review

Ralph Griffiths, George Edward Griffiths - 1795
...biographical preface. *' If (as Juhnfon remarks in oneof his Ramblers) alifebedelayed, till intereli and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but MC mult expeft little intelligence;" and though, as he alloremarks in the fame paper, the biographer...
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