The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of his tour to the Hebrides. To which are added, Anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, &c. and notes by various hands, Volumen9


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Página 118 - Never let criticisms operate upon your face or your mind: it is very rarely that an author is hurt by his critics. The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out; but it often dies in the socket: a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.
Página 33 - he loved a man the better if he heard he hated a Whig. "Dear Bathurst/' said he to me one day, " was a man to my very heart's content: he hated a fool, and he hated a rogue, and he hated a Whig ; he was a very good hater." Some one mentioned a gentleman of that party for having
Página 306 - has been here to see me : he came, I think, forty miles out of his way, and stayed about a day and a half; perhaps I make the time shorter than it was. Such conversation I shall not have again till I come back to the regions of literature; and there Windham
Página 128 - Portable Books. DR. JOHNSON used to say, that no man read long together with a folio on his table. " Books/' said he, " that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all." He would say, " such books form the mass of general and easy reading." He was a great friend to books like the French
Página 205 - Those that, imparted, court a nobler aim, Exalt their kind, and take some virtue's name." His task, probably, was the whole paragraph, but these lines only were audible. 328. Favourite Verses. He seemed much to delight in reciting verses,
Página 295 - also advised to sleep out of town: and when she was carried to the lodging that had been prepared for her, she complained that the staircase was in very bad condition ; for the plaster was beaten off the walls in many places. " Oh! " said the man of the house,
Página 217 - A second time read o'er; Oh! could we read thee backwards too, Last thirty years thou shouldst review, And charm us thirty more. " If I have thoughts and can't express 'em, Gibbon shall teach me how to dress 'em In terms select and terse; Jones teach me modesty and Greek; Smith, how to think; Burke, how to speak; And Beauclerk to converse.
Página 163 - for Francis, and, after all, a devise of all the rest, residue, and remainder of his estate and effects, to his executors, in trust for the said Francis Barber, his executors and administrators; and having dictated accordingly, Johnson executed and published it as a codicil to his will.
Página 218 - Let Johnson teach me how to place In fairest light each borrow'd grace; From him I '11 learn to write: Copy his free and easy style, And from the roughness of his file Grow, like himself, polite.
Página 277 - was announced. Every body rose to do him honour ; and he returned the attention with the most formal courtesy. My father then, having welcomed him with the warmest respect, whispered to him that music was going forward; which he would not, my father thinks, have found out; and placing him on the

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