The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone

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Page 50 - There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
Page 258 - Sir, I am obliged to Mr. Dilly. I will wait upon him — ' BOSWELL. 'Provided, sir, I suppose, that the company which he is to have is agreeable to you.' JOHNSON. 'What do you mean, sir ? What do you take me for ? Do you think I am so ignorant of the world as to imagine that I am to prescribe to a gentleman what company he is to have at his table ?
Page 87 - Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Page 237 - It having been mentioned, I know not with what truth, that a certain female political writer, whose doctrines he disliked, had of late become very fond of dress, sat hours together at her toilet, and even put on rouge — JOHNSON : She is better employed at her toilet than using her pen. It is better she should be reddening her own cheeks, than blackening other people's characters.
Page 173 - He then repeated, with great emotion, Shenstone's lines: — ' Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round. Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest welcome at an inn.
Page 358 - Hermit hoar in solemn cell, Wearing out life's evening gray : Smite thy bosom, sage, and tell, What is bliss? and which the way?'" BOSWELL. " But why smite his bosom, Sir ?" JOHNSON. " Why to show he was in earnest...
Page 226 - Reviewers (said he) are not Deists ; but they are Christians with as little Christianity as may be ; and are for pulling down all establishments. The Critical Reviewers are for supporting the constitution, both in church and state. The Critical Reviewers, I believe, often review without reading the books through ; but lay hold of a topick, and write chiefly from their own minds. The Monthly Reviewers are duller men, and are glad to read the books through.
Page 290 - 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.
Page 7 - He died of a fever, exasperated, as I believe, by the fear of distress. He had raised money and squandered it, by every artifice of acquisition and folly of expense. But let not his frailties be remembered ; he was a very great man.
Page 353 - The horror of death, which I had always observed in Dr. Johnson, appeared strong to-night. I ventured to tell him, that I had been, for moments in my life, not afraid of death ; therefore I could suppose another man in that state of mind for a considerable space of time. He said, " he never had a moment in which death was not terrible to him.

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