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" of a vigorous genius operating upon large materials. The power that predominated in his intellectual operations, was rather strong reason than quick sensibility. Upon all occasions that were presented, he studied rather than felt, and produced sentiments... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 323
by Samuel Johnson - 1825
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Life of Dryden

Samuel Johnson - 1913 - 300 pages
...comprehensive by nature, and much enriched with acquired knowledge. His compositions are the effects of a vigorous genius operating upon large materials....power that predominated in his intellectual operations i was rather strong reason, than quick sensibility. Upon all I occasions that were presented he studied...
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 12

1808
...rather strong reason than quick sensibility. On all occasions that were presented, he rather studied than felt ; and produced sentiments, not such as nature...supplies. With the simple and elemental passions as they spring separately in the mind, he seems not much acquainted ; and seldom describes them, but as...
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John Dryden: The Critical Heritage

James Kinsley, Helen Kinsley - 1995 - 414 pages
...comprehensive by nature, and much enriched with acquired knowledge. His compositions are the effects of a vigorous genius operating upon large materials....supplies. With the simple and elemental passions, as they spring separate in the mind, he seems not much acquainted, and seldom describes them but as they...
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Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1998 - 1492 pages
...character, Johnson has given, though I suppose unintentionally, some touches of his own, Thus:—'l'he power that predominated in his intellectual operations...supplies. With the simple and elemental passions as they spring separate in the mind, he seems not much acquainted. He is, therefore, with all his variety...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 pages
...about the love of argument that had turned so often against him, and that Johnson projects on Dryden: "The power that predominated in his intellectual operations was rather strong reason than quick sensibility ... He is therefore, with all his variety of excellence, not often pathetick; and had so little sensibility...
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