The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D., Comprehending an Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order: A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published; the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Band 3
G. Cowie, 1824
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Seite 169 - 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.
Seite 174 - 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.
Seite 162 - Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Seite 169 - 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 from my friends, be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us, indifferent and unmoved, over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. The man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the...
Seite 60 - And if Jack Wilkes should be there, what is that to me, Sir ? My dear friend, let us have no more of this. I am sorry to be angry with you ; but really it is treating me strangely to talk to me as if I could not meet any company whatever, occasionally.
Seite 90 - 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.
Seite 279 - From this pleasing subject, he, I know not how or why, made a sudden transition to one upon which he was a violent aggressor; for he said, " I am willing to love all mankind, except an American:" and his inflammable corruption bursting into horrid fire, he " breathed out threatenings and slaughter; " calling them, " Rascals — Robbers — Pirates;" and exclaiming, he'd
Seite 320 - Yet this man cut his own throat. The true strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.
Seite 337 - Is not modesty natural ?" JOHNSON. " I cannot say, Sir, as we find no people quite in a state of nature ; but, I think, the more they are taught, the more modest they are. The French are a gross, ill-bred, untaught people : a lady there will spit on the floor and rub it with her foot. What I gained by being in France was, learning to be better satisfied with my own country.