Boswell's Life of Johnson: Addenda, index, dicta philosophi, &c

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Clarendon Press, 1887

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Stran 316 - Oats. A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people,' i. 294, n. 8 ; ' Seeing Scotland, Madam, is only seeing a worse England,' iii. 248 ; ' Sir, you have desert enough in Scotland,' ii. 75 ; ' Things which grow wild here must be cultivated with great care in Scotland. Pray, now,
Stran 309 - powers of nature except thunder were in motion,' iii. 455 ; ' You are so grossly ignorant of human nature as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles without having good practice,' v. 359 ; ' Nature will rise up, and, claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system,
Stran 323 - They are well when they are not ill' (Temple), iv. 379. WENCH. ' Madam, she is an odious wench,' iii. 298. WHALES. ' If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales' (Goldsmith), ii. 231. WHELP. ' It is wonderful how the whelp has written such things,
Stran 311 - It is said the only way to make a pig go forward is to pull him back by the tail,' v. 355. PILLOW. ' That will do—all that a pillow can do,' iv. 411. PISTOL. 'When his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it
Stran 317 - Why, Sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull ; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature,' i. 453. SHIFT. ' As long as you have the use of your tongue and your pen, never,
Stran lix - It easeth some, though none it ever cured, To think their dolour others have endured.' With these lines may be compared Satan's speech in Paradise Regained, Book i, lines 399-402 :— 'Long since with woe Nearer acquainted, now I feel by proof, That fellowship in pain divides not smart, Nor lightens aught each man's peculiar load.
Stran 323 - Whiggism is a negation of all principle,' i. 431. WHINE. ' A man knows it must be so and submits. It will do him no good to whine,' ii. 107. WHORE. ' They teach the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing - master,
Stran 296 - All barrenness is comparative,' iii. 76. COMPLETES. ' He never completes what he has to say,' iii. 57. CONCENTRATED. 'It is being concentrated which produces high convenience,' v. 27. CONCENTRATES. 'Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight it concentrates his mind wonderfully,
Stran 318 - make drunk before you can get a word of truth out of him,' ii. 188. SOCIETY. ' He puts something into our society and takes nothing out of it,' v. 178. SOCKET. ' The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket,
Stran 316 - The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to England,' i. 425 ; v. 387 ; ' Though the dog is a Scotchman and a Presbyterian, and everything he should not be,

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