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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 ... together with A journal of a tour to the ...

James Boswell - 1874
...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 Quarterly Review, Volume 138

1875
...had been carried through. ' 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 was a favourite axiom of Johnson's, which seems to have had no weight with. Greville or Mr. Reeve...
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Quarterly Review, Volume 138

1875
...had been carried through. ' The value of every story depends on its being true. A storv is a picture of an individual, or of human nature in general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing.' This was a favourite axiom of Johnson's, which seems to have had no weight with Greville or Mr. Reeve...
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The Living Age, Volume 124

1875
...Alvanley expressed his high satisfaction at the manner in which the affair had been carried through. "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 Quarterly Review, Volume 138

1875
...Alvanley expressed his high satisfaction at the f manner in which the affair had been carried through. ' The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture of an individual, or of human nature in general : ; it be false, it is a picture of nothing.' This...
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The British Parliament ... The pearls and mock pearls of history ...

Abraham Hayward - 1878
...criterion of authenticity to propose ? By what process is the gold to be separated from the 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." '—...
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The Westminster review [afterw.] The London and Westminster review [afterw ...

sir John Bowring - 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.: Together with The Journal of a ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1884
...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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Johnsoniana: Life, Opinions, and Table-talk of Doctor Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1884 - 319 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 to cross...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... together with The journal of a tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1884
...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....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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