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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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Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson

Leopold Damrosch - 1989 - 262 pages
...that invent experience which no one has ever had. "The value of every story," Johnson told Boswell, "depends on its being true. A story is a picture either...general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing" (Life 2.:433). Two notions of truth are invoked here: neoclassical generality, which summarizes the...
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century

George Alexander Kennedy, H. B. Nisbet, Claude Rawson, Raman Selden - 1989 - 970 pages
...seems to be the one that Johnson usually has in mind. 'The value of every story', he told Boswell, 'depends on its being true. A story is a picture either...general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing' (Life, II, p. 433). Whether the 'picture' represents a specific individual or the features that are...
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Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell : Holmes and Laski

Jeffrey O'Connell, Thomas E. O'Connell - 2008 - 193 pages
...illustrate Johnson's tutelage. As they crossed the Thames on March 1 6, 1 776, Johnson said to Boswell, "The value of every story depends on its being true....nature in general: If it be false, it is a picture of nothing."35 Boswell sketches out a similar scene with Mrs. Thrale, Johnson, and himself: Next morning,...
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The World's Great Masterpieces: History, Biography, Science, Philosophy ...

Harry Thurston Peck - 1901
...and vicious sayings imputed to them ; and that redress ought iu 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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aspects of biography

André Maurois - 1966 - 209 pages
...question of loyalty towards one's hero, one may quote Doctor Johnson: "The value of every story," he said, "depends on its being true. A story is a picture either...general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." Of course there may be cases in which it is painful to tell the truth, whether out of respect towards...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 109

J. Murray - 1861 - 594 pages
...Difference between Authors and their Works. It originally appeared in ' The Student.' t ' 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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