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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 Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780

John Richetti - 2005 - 945 pages
...the universal principle or final cause of poetry. 'The only end of writing', according to Johnson, 'is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.'4 Hence the central issues of criticism were defined or adjudicated in terms of effects on readers....
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces. ...

1774
...Productions of the laft bounteous Year, how many can be faid to ferve any Purpofe of Ufe or Pleafure ? The only End of writing is to enable the Readers better...Life, or better to endure it : and how will either of thofe be put more in our Power by him who tells us, that we arc Puppets, of which fome Creature not...
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Best of Prairie Schooner: Personal Essays

Hilda Raz, Kate Flaherty - 2000 - 195 pages
...language of pain," he added, "is more exact than the language of well-being." Or as Samuel Johnson put it, "The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it." I want to talk, then, about poetry as consolation, consolation both for the reader and for the writer....
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