The beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: consisting of maxims and observations, moral, critical, and miscellaneous: to which are now added biographical anecdotes of the doctor, selected from the works of Mrs. Piozzi;--his Life, recently published by Mr. Boswell, and other authentic testimonies; also his will, and the sermon he wrote for the late Doctor Dodd
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
beauty Bennet Langton censure character common considered contempt crime danger death delight desire Dictionary diligence Doctor Dryden easily endeavour equally evil excellence eyes Falstaff fame faults favour fear folly fortune frequently friendship genius give guilt happiness honour hope human Ibid idle Idler imagination Johnson Jovianus Pontanus kind knowledge labour language laws less lives Lord mankind ment Milton mind misery nation nature necessary neral ness never Notes upon Shakfpeare observed once opinion ourselves pain passions perhaps pleased pleasure poet poetry polished language Pope praise Preface to Shakfpeare pride Prince of Abyssinia produce prudence Rambler reason receive repentance Roger Ascham Samuel Johnson says seldom Sir John Hawkins Sir Joshua Sir Joshua Reynolds Sir Thomas Browne sometimes Streatham suffer superiority things thought tion truth vanity virtue Western Islands wish writer
Page 47 - Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help...
Page 296 - To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish if it were possible. 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.
Page 46 - World,' that two papers, in which my ' Dictionary ' is recommended to the public, were written by your lordship. To be so distinguished, is an honour, which, being very little accustomed to favours from the great, I know not well how to receive, or in what terms to acknowledge.
Page 47 - This man (said he) I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords!
Page 178 - The essence of poetry is invention ; such invention as, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights. The topics of devotion are few, and being few are universally known ; but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of sentiment, and very little from novelty of expression.
Page 119 - His bonds of debt, and mortgages of lands; Or views his coffers with suspicious eyes, Unlocks his gold, and counts it till he dies.
Page 47 - The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind ; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received, or to be unwilling that the public should consider me as owing that to a patron which providence has enabled me to do for myself.
Page 91 - And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely ; who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.