The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Volume 1
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We cannot , indeert , too much or too often admire his wonderful powers of mind ,
when we consider that the principal store of wit and wisdom which this Work
contains , was not a particular selection from his general conversation , but was ...
D. TO write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others ,
and who , whether we consider his extraordinary endowments , or his various
works , has been equalled by few in any age , is an arduous , and may be ...
What I consider as the peculiar value of the following work , is , the quantity it
contains of Johnson's conversation ; which is universally acknowledged to have
been eminently instructive and entertaining ; and of which the specimens that I
Of one thing I am certain , that considering how highly the small portion which we
have of the table - talk and other anecdotes of our celebrated writers is valued ,
and how earnestly it is regretted that we have not more , I am justified in ...
In all such investigations it is certainly unwise to pay too much attention to
incidents which the credulous relate with eager satisfaction , and the more
scrupulous or witty enquirer considers only as topicks of ridicule : Yet there is a
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