Remarks on Dr. Samuel Johnson's Journey to the Hebrides: In which are Contained Observations on the Antiquities, Language, Genius, and Manners of the Highlanders of Scotland

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T. Cadell, 1779 - Hebrides (Scotland) - 371 pages
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Page 278 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and...
Page 128 - Raasay has little that can detain a traveller, except the laird and his family ; but their power wants no auxiliaries. Such a seat of hospitality, amidst the winds and waters, fills the imagination with a delightful contrariety of images. Without is the rough ocean and the rocky land, the beating billows and the howling storm : within is plenty and elegance, beauty and gaiety, the song and the dance.
Page 98 - Regions mountainous and wild, thinly inhabited, and little cultivated, make a great part of the earth, and he that has never seen them, must live unacquainted with much of the face of nature, and with one of the great scenes of human existence.
Page 195 - Those who profess to feel it do not boast of it as a privilege, nor are considered by others as advantageously distinguished. They have no temptation to feign ; and their hearers have no motive to encourage the imposture.
Page 365 - A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist, who does not love Scotland better than truth ; he will always love it better than inquiry : and if falsehood flatters his vanity, will not be very diligent to detect it.
Page 98 - It is true that of far the greater part of things we must content ourselves with such knowledge as description may exhibit or analogy supply; but it is true likewise that these ideas are always incomplete and that at least till we have compared them with realities, we do not know them to be just. As we see more, we become possessed of more certainties and consequently gain more principles of reasoning and found a wider basis of analogy.
Page 29 - There are, moreover, an hundred complete lances, and two hundred yeomen of the said nation, beside several that are dispersed through the companies : and for so long a time as they have served in France, never hath there been one of them found that hath committed or done any fault against the kings or their state ; and they can make use of them as of their own subjects/' The ancient rights and prerogatives of the Scottish lifeguards were very honourable.
Page 83 - ... and lodged, as they had been in England, France, Italy, or Spain, concerning the time, and equivalent for their hunting and pastime ; which...
Page 219 - Books are faithful repositories, which may be a while neglected or forgotten; but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction: memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. Written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. Tradition is but a meteor, which, if once it falls, cannot be rekindled.

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