The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D., Comprehending an Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order: A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published; the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Volume 2

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J. Brumby, 1824
 

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Page 315 - The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write ; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Page 255 - Of poor dear Dr. Goldsmith there is little to be told, more than the papers have made public. He died of a fever, made, I am afraid, more violent by uneasiness of mind. His debts began to be heavy, and all his resources were exhausted. Sir Joshua is of opinion that he owed not less than two thousand pounds. Was ever poet so trusted before...
Page 283 - Sir, you have no reason to be afraid of me. The Irish are not in a conspiracy to cheat the world by false representations of the merits of their countrymen. No', Sir; the Irish are a FAIR PEOPLE; — they never speak well of one another.
Page 333 - Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Page 110 - ... a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. — Gentlemen of education, he observed, were pretty much the same in all countries ; the condition of the lower orders, the poor especially, was the true mark of national discrimination.
Page 29 - Johnson said, he thought he had already done his part as a writer. "I should have thought so too," said the King, "if you had not written so well.
Page 225 - Sir, the only method by which religious truth can be established is by martyrdom. The magistrate has a right to enforce what he thinks ; and he who is conscious of the truth has a right to surfer. I am afraid there is no other way of ascertaining the truth, but by persecution on the one hand and enduring it on the other.
Page 334 - We must consider how very little , history there is; I mean real authentic history. That certain kings reigned, and certain battles were fought, we can depend upon as true ; but all the colouring, all the philosophy of history, is conjecture.

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