Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales, Volume 1

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Page 470 - How must we, when we reflect on the loss of such an intellectual feast, regret that he should be characterised as the man, 'Who born for the universe narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind
Page 22 - After my death I wish no other herald, ' No other speaker of my living actions, ' To keep mine honour from corruption, 'But such an honest chronicler as Griffith ' .' SHAKSPEARE, Henry VIII. {Act IV. Sc. 2.] ' See Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs.
Page 200 - The 17th of March, 1752', on which day it closed. This is a strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere 2 , that 'a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it 3
Page 224 - to which he consoles himself. How much better would it have been, to have ended with the prose sentence ' I shall never envy the honours which wit and learning obtain in any other cause, if I can be numbered among the writers who have given ardour to virtue, and confidence to truth V
Page 274 - Collins :—' I knew him a few years ago full of hopes, and full of projects, versed in many languages, high in fancy, and strong in retention. This busy and forcible mind is now under the government of those who lately would not have been able to comprehend the least and most narrow of its designs.
Page 423 - Arbuthnot was a man of great comprehension, skilful in his profession, versed in the sciences, acquainted with ancient literature, and able to animate his mass of knowledge by a bright and active imagination ; a scholar with great brilliancy of wit ; a wit, who in the crowd of life retained and discovered a noble ardour of religious zeal.
Page 86 - The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity; no perpetual gloom, or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private or social virtues. Here are no Hottentots without religious polity or articulate language
Page 157 - It has been circulated, I know not with what authenticity, that Johnson considered Dr. Birch as a dull writer, and said of him, 'Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation ; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties
Page 296 - written with little assistance of the learned, and without any patronage of the great; not in the soft obscurities of retirement, or under the shelter of academick bowers, but amidst inconvenience and distraction, in sickness and in sorrow.
Page 171 - the great biographer has forgotten that he himself has mentioned, that Savage's story had been told several years before in The Plain Dealer; from which he quotes this strong saying of the generous Sir Richard Steele, that 'the inhumanity of his mother had given him a right to find every good man his father.

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