Boswell's Life of Johnson

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Scribner's Sons, 1917 - 574 strani
 

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Stran 64 - Le vainqueur du vainqueur de la terre ;*— * that I might obtain that regard for which I saw the world contending; but I found my attendance so little encouraged, that neither pride nor modesty would suffer me to continue it.
Stran 65 - Having carried on my work thus far with so little obligation to any favourer of learning, I shall not be disappointed though I should conclude it, if less be possible, with less ; for I have been long wakened from that dream of hope, in which I once boasted myself with so much exultation, " My Lord, " Your Lordship's most humble " Most obedient servant,
Stran 274 - Whereas, at a tavern, there is a general freedom from anxiety. You are sure you are welcome ; and the more noise you make, the more trouble you give, the more good things you call for, the welcomer you are. No...
Stran 127 - At supper this night he talked of good eating with uncommon satisfaction. ' Some people (said he,) have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully ; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
Stran 67 - Johnson having now explicitly avowed his opinion of Lord Chesterfield, did not refrain from expressing himself concerning that nobleman with pointed freedom : ' This man (said he) I thought had been a Lord among wits ; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords...
Stran 230 - I received your foolish and impudent letter. Any violence offered me I shall do my best to repel; and what I cannot do for myself, the law shall do for me. I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by the menaces of a ruffian.
Stran 207 - The Way of the World:' ' If there's delight in love, 'tis when I see That heart which others bleed for, bleed for me.
Stran 213 - Goldsmith's abridgment is better than that of Lucius Florus or Eutropius ; and I will venture to say, that if you compare him with Vertot, in the same places of the Roman History, you will find that he excels Vertot. Sir, he has the art of compiling, and of saying every thing he has to say in a pleasing manner. He is now writing a Natural History, and will make it as entertaining as a Persian tale.
Stran 208 - 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 ? " We talked of the melancholy end of a gentleman^) who had destroyed himself.
Stran 119 - ... but then the dogs are not so good scholars. Sir, in my early years I read very hard. It is a sad reflection, but a true one, that I knew almost as much at eighteen as I do now.

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