The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order ; a Series of His Epistolary 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 3
J. Richardson, 1821
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
acquaintance admiration allow answer appeared asked attention authour believe BOSWELL called character church common compliments consider conversation DEAR SIR death desire dined Doctor doubt edition effect England English expressed father give given hand happy hear heard honour hope humble servant Italy JAMES BOSWELL John Johnson Journey Judges kind King lady language late learning leave letter lived London look Lord manner means mentioned mind nature never notes observed occasion once opinion passed perhaps person pleased pleasure Poets present printed publick question reason received remark respect Scotch Scotland seemed seen sent shew soon speak suppose sure talked tell thing thought Thrale told truth whole wish wonderful write written wrote young
Page 50 - There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
Page 258 - And if Jack Wilkes should be there, what is that to me, Sir? My dear friend, let us have no more of this. I am sorry to be angry with you; but really it is treating me strangely to talk to me as if I could not meet any company whatever, occasionally.
Page 68 - Yes, Sir, when a man writes from his own mind, he writes very rapidly.' The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write : a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Page 173 - Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest: welcome at an inn.
Page 181 - The vastness and the contrivance of some of the machinery would have "matched his mighty mind." I shall never forget Mr. Boulton's expression to me, " I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have — POWER.
Page 264 - You will allow his Apology to be well done." JOHNSON: "Very well done, to be sure, Sir. That book is a striking proof of the justice of Pope's remark: "Each might his several province well command, Would all but stoop to what they understand.
Page 354 - Life, he must represent- it really as it was :" and when I objected to the danger of telling that Parnell drank to excess, he said, that " it would produce an instructive caution to avoid drinking, when it was seen, that even the learning and genius of Parnell could be debased by it.
Page 185 - we are a city of philosophers ; we work with our heads, and make the boobies of Birmingham work for us with their hands.
Page 307 - ... would amplify knowledge with new views and new objects. Set about it therefore, if you can: do what you can easily do without anxious exactness. Lay the foundation, and leave the superstructure to posterity. I am, Sir, 'Your most humble servant, 'SAM. JOHNSON.