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" Is not a patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help ? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind:... "
Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century - Page 636
edited by - 1911 - 724 pages
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Works, Including His Letters to His Son, &c: To which is Prefixed an ...

Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield - 1853 - 647 pages
...reached ground encumbers him with help ? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind ; but it has been...it: till I am solitary, and cannot impart it: till 1 am known, and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where...
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Samuel Johnson

Thomas Carlyle - 1853 - 106 pages
...found him a native of the rocks. ' Is not a patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has...The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind : but it has been delayed till I am indifferent and cannot...
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A Memoir of the Late Rev. William Croswell, D.D.: Rector of the Church of ...

Harry Croswell - Clergy - 1854 - 528 pages
...in the spirit of Johnson to Chesterfield : ' The notice which you have been pleased to take of me, had it been early, had been kind. But it has been...impart it ; till I am known, and do not want it.'" Such an answer, as appears from a subsequent letter, was drawn up ; but on reflection, he felt reluctant...
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith, Volume 1

John Forster - Authors, Irish - 1854 - 548 pages
...encouragement, or one smile " of favour. ... Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks " with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, " and when he has...notice which you have been pleased to take of " my labours, had it been early, had been kind : but it has " been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot...
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The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1989 - 343 pages
...ingrate. Louis XIV of France (1638-1715) The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been...cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, lexicographer to Lard Chtsler▀eU Payment Give the laborer...
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Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1830: Stress Points in the English Augustan Tradition

Claude Julien Rawson - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 309 pages
...act of assistance, one word of encouragement, or one smile of favour', and of delaying his patronage 'till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till...cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.' Johnson brought the manner to unusual heights of marmorial dignity, but playful or ironic applications...
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Handbook for Preparing Engineering Documents: From Concept to Completion

Joan G. Nagle - Technology & Engineering - 1995 - 392 pages
...expect, for l never had a patron before. ls not a patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water and, when he has...to take of my labors, had it been early, had been kindi but it has been delayed till 1 am indifferent and cannot enjoy it, till l am solitary and cannot...
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The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English

Ian Ousby - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 436 pages
...famous letter of 7 February 1755: 'Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has...The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed ... till I am known and do not want...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 266 pages
...as a lethally accurate missile. "The notice which you have been pleased to take of my Labours . . . has been delayed till I am indifferent and cannot...cannot impart it, till I am known and do not want it": it is the spat-out closing monosyllables that do the damage here, delivering a sting unheralded by...
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1997 - 625 pages
...Convention, New York City. Patronage 1 Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has...The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot...
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