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" The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of an individual or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. "
Regimental Coventry; as it is at present acted upon in the British army - Page 566
by James Connell (army surgeon.) - 1837
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...ought in fuch cafes to be given. He faid, " The value of every ftory depends on its being true. A ftory is a picture either of an individual or of human nature in general : if it be falfe, it is a picture of nothing. For inftance : fuppofe a man fhould tell that Johnfon, before fetting...
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Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
...over." " The value of every ftory (he faid) depended on its being truc. A ftory is a picture cither of an individual or of human nature in general : if it be falle, it is a picture of nothing. For inftance : fuppofe a man fhould tell that Johnfon, before fetting...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1807
...and vicious sayings imputed to them-, and that redress ought in such cases to be given. He said, " The value of every story depends on its being true....general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy, as he had to cross...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1807
...and vicious sayings imputed to them ; and that redress ought in such cases to be given. He said, " The value of every story depends on its being true....general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy, as he had to cross...
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Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1807
...a kindness rather than not. The contest is now over." " The value of every story (he said) depended on its being true. A story is a picture either of...general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy, as he had to cross...
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The Projector: A Periodical Paper, Volume 3

Alexander Chalmers - 1815
...that the essence of a story consists in its truth. "The value of every story," says Dr. Johnson, " depends on its being true. A story is a picture either...general ; if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." " It is more from carelessness about truth, than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood...
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The Projector: A Collection of Essay, in the Manner of the ..., Volume 3

1817
...that the essence of a story consists in its truth. " The value of every story," says Dr. Johnson, " depends on its being true. A story is a picture either...general ; if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." " It is more from carelessness about truth, than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...given. He said, The viilue of every story depende on its being true. Aetory is e picture eii her of un individual or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy> as he had to cross...
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The Table Talk of John Selden

John Selden - 1818 - 180 pages
...a kindness rather than not. The contest is now over." " The value of every story (he said) depended on its being true. A story is a picture either of...general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy, as he had to cross...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...take up whatever topic you please, he is ready to meet you." Of narratives in conversation, he said, " The value of every story depends on its being true....general ; if it be false, it is a picture of nothing : for instance — suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for Italy, as he had...
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