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" The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson - Page 118
by Samuel Johnson - 1806
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The Bookman, Volume 14

1902
...of some invisible order of beings, for surely they are of no use to any of the corporeal inhabitants of the world. Of the productions of the last bounteous...can be said to serve any purpose of use or pleasure ?" W. Robertson Nicoll. LITERARY PARIS Paris seems to have returned to literary activity with a vengeance....
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The Bookman, Volume 14

1902
...of some invisible order of beings, for surely they are of no use to any of the corporeal inhabitants of the world. Of the productions of the last bounteous...how many can be said to serve any purpose of use or pleasure?1' W. Robertson Nieoll. LITERARY PARIS Paris seems to have returned to literary activity with...
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The Use and Abuse of Art

Jacques Barzun - 1975 - 150 pages
...literature just before its spiritual rise, it is 31 tersely put by Dr. Johnson when he says that the "end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." The charm that music has to soothe a savage breast had long been known; it was therapeutic and a pastime;...
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"!No Pasarán!": Art, Literature and the Spanish Civil War

Stephen Hart, Stephen M. Hart - 1988 - 122 pages
...been equally stated by 10 Collected Poems of WB Yeats (London: Macmillan, 1967), p. 392. Dr. Johnson: The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.'11 Later in the essay, Ariel is made to stand, with his beauty, for 'a verbal earthly paradise,...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 pages
...Johnson's responses may be his own temperament. The crucial word "endured," from a critic who held that "the only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it," implies that the pain of life as well as writing can often seem unendurable to someone who feels it.20...
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Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...a horse still. 5152 I have found men more kind than I expected, and less just. 5153 A Free Enquiry only music. 5480 Letter to JH Reynolds A man should have the fine point of his soul taken off 5154 While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert it only irritates. 5155 That is the happiest conversatlon...
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What Became of Wystan

...truth beauty"]; Prospero's has been equally succinctly stated by Dr. Johnson: Tlic only end of uniting is to enable the readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it. We want a poem to be beautiful, that is to say, a verbal earthly paradise, a timeless world of pure...
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The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson and David Hume

Adam Potkay - 2000 - 241 pages
...of some invisible order of beings, for surely they are of no use to any of the corporeal inhabitants of the world. Of the productions of the last bounteous...readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it" (AfW 536). Not to be outdone in sentiments of this type, Hume concludes his Enquiry concerning Human...
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 pages
...pre-eminent value of all writings, biographies included, was to provide persuasive models of conduct "to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it."49 I end with Johnson because his criticism was to be the last significant expression of a residual...
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Loving Dr. Johnson

Helen Deutsch - 2005 - 322 pages
...parenthetically in the text. 9. Johnson powerfully concludes the review of Jenyns with a different sort of "end": "the only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." Samuel Johnson, "Review of [Soame Jenyns], A Free Enquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil" (1757),...
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