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That sickness should suspend your correspondence I did not wonder ; but hoped
that it would be renewed at your recovery . “ Since you will not inform us where
you are , or how you live , I know not whether you desire to know any thing of us .
Every man ' s opinions , at least his desires , are a little influenced by his favourite
studies . My zeal for languages may seem , perhaps , rather overheated , even to
those by whom I desire to be well esteemed . To those who have nothing in ...
dignifying my desire of visiting Corsica with the epithet of a wise and noble
curiosity , ' are to me more valuable than many of the grants of kings . “ But how
can you bid me ' empty my head of Corsica ? ' My noble minded friend , do you
not feel ...
... rewarded his merit : “ These low born rulers have endeavoured , surely without
effect , to alienate the affections of the people from the only King who for almost a
century has much appeared to desire , or much endeavoured to deserve them .
But it seems odd that one should have such a desire to look at the backs of books
. ” Johnson , ever ready for contest , instantly started from his reverie , wheeled
about and answered , “ Sir , the reason is very plain . Knowledge. i Johnson ' s ...
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