The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Including A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, by James Boswell, Volume 2

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Page 142 - If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
Page 347 - What are these, So wither'd, and so wild in their attire ; That look not like the inhabitants o...
Page 8 - People have now a-days, (said he,) got a strange opinion that every thing should be taught by lectures. Now, I cannot see that lectures can do so much good as reading the books from which the lectures are taken. I know nothing that can be best taught by lectures, except where experiments are to be shown. You may teach chemistry by lectures.— You might teach making of shoes by lectures!
Page 497 - Live, while you live, the epicure would say, And seize the pleasures of the present day. Live, while you live, the sacred preacher cries, And give to God each moment as it flies.
Page 49 - Sir, (continued he,) there is all the difference in the world between characters of nature and characters of manners ; and there is the difference between the characters of Fielding and those of Richardson. Characters of manners are very entertaining ; but they are to be understood by a more superficial observer than characters of nature, where a man must dive into the recesses of the human heart.
Page 217 - It did not require much sagacity to foresee that such a sentiment would not be permitted to pass without due animadversion. JOHNSON. "Do not allow yourself, Sir, to be imposed upon by such gross absurdity. It is sad stuff ; it is brutish. If a bull could speak, he might as well exclaim, — Here am I with this cow and this grass; what being can enjoy greater felicity?
Page 273 - Partridge, with a contemptuous sneer; "why, I could act as well as he myself. I am sure if I had seen a ghost I should have looked in the very same manner, and done just as he did. And then, to...
Page 107 - ... everlasting punishment, nor so good as to merit being admitted into the society of blessed spirits; and therefore that God is graciously pleased to allow of a middle state, where they may be purified by certain degrees of suffering. You see, sir, there is nothing unreasonable in this.
Page 7 - Redress the rigours of the inclement clime ; Aid slighted truth with thy persuasive strain ; Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain : Teach him, that states of native strength...
Page 102 - I know not how so whimsical a thought came into my mind, but I asked, " If, Sir, you were shut up in a castle, and a new-born child with you, what would you do?" JOHNSON : " Why, Sir, I should not much like my company.

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