The Life of Samuel Johnson: Including A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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John W. Lovell, 1852
 

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Seite 101 - To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Seite 96 - Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Seite 187 - You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher ; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
Seite 7 - A journey to Italy was still in his thoughts. He said, "A man who had not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see. The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean.
Seite 101 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and from my friends be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the...
Seite 104 - Why, Sir, you \ find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. \ No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life ; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Seite 96 - Goldsmith was a plant that flowered late. There appeared nothing remarkable about him when he was young; though when he had got high in fame, one of his friends' began to recollect something of his being distinguished at college". Goldsmith in the same manner recollected more of that friend's early years, as he grew a greater man.
Seite 59 - tis too late to praise. If want of skill or want of care appear, Forbear to hiss ; — the poet cannot hear. By all, like him, must praise and blame be found, At last, a fleeting gleam, or empty sound ; Yet then shall calm reflection bless the night, When liberal pity dignified delight ; When pleasure fir'd her torch at virtue's flame. And mirth was bounty with an humbler name.
Seite 47 - ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men ; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise ; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Seite 234 - Wakefield, which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge : ' 'I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing."' BOSWBLL. 'That was a fine passage.' JOHNSON. 'Yes, Sir : there was another fine passage too, which he struck out: "When I was a young man, being anxious to distinguish myself, I was perpetually starting new propositions. But I soon gave this over; for, I found that generally what was new was false.

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