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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. Including a Journal of His Tour to the ...

James Boswell - 1844
...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. [Followed by] The journal of a tour to ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1851
...admitted by him to be genuine." JOHNSON : " I shall give myself nor trouble about the matter." He said, " The value of every story depends on its being true....either of an individual or of human nature in general r if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson,...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 109

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle), George Walter Prothero - 1861
...Student.' , • >. I t ' He said, " The value of every story depends on iu being true. A story it a picture of an individual, or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." ' — Boswell's ' Ljpj,pf Jphuaw." i n- ' •;: • i i" , gems gems of history to bo distinguished...
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Appletons' Journal

1879
...if Boswell be not accurate, what do we know of Johnson? Boswell records that " Johnson once said : ' The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture of an individual or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing.' " This...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell, William Wallace - 1873 - 560 pages
...absurd and vicious sayings imputed to them, and that redress ought in such cases to be given. He said, ' S be false, it is a picture of nothing. For instance : suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before...
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The pearls and mock pearls of history

Abraham Hayward - 1873
...pamphlet will afford 1 'He said, "The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture of an individual, or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." ' — Boewell's ' Life of Johnson.' 9 'Historic Doubts relative to Napoleon Buonaparte.' Seventeenth...
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Biographical and Critical Essays: Reprinted from Reviews, with ..., Volume 1

Abraham Hayward - 1873
...the unattainable attribute of infallibility.' * His celebrated pamphlet will afford 1 ' He said, " The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture of an individual, or of human nature in general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing."'—Boswell's...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 1873 - 576 pages
...absurd 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. A story is a picture cither of an individual or of human nature in general ; if it be false, it is a picture of nothing....
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LIFE AND CONSERVATIONS OF DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON (FOUNDED CHIEFLY UPON BOSWELL).

ALEXANDER MAIN - 1874
...by him to be genuine.' "—JOHNSON : " I shall give myself no trouble about the matter." JOHNSON : " 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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Life and Conversations of Dr. Samuel Johnson: (founded Chiefly Upon Boswell).

Alexander Main - 1874 - 441 pages
...by him to be genuine.'"—JOHNSON : " I shall give myself no trouble about the matter." JOHNSON : " 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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