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Page 63 - Published by Kearsley, with this well-chosen motto: " ' From his cradle " He was a SCHOLAR, and a ripe and good one: " And, to add greater honours to his age " Than man could give him, he died fearing Heaven.
Page 96 - to argue a rare quickness of parts, that one can fetch in remote conceits applicable ; a notable skill, that he can dexterously accommodate them to the purpose before him]: together with a lively briskness of humour, not apt to damp those sportful flashes of imagination. (Whence in Aristotle such persons are termed
Page 65 - Round from his parted forelock manly hung " Clust'ring, but not beneath his shoulders broad." [The latter part of this description, " but not beneath," &C. may very probably be ascribed to Milton's prejudices in favour of the Puritans, who had a great aversion to long hair.
Page 394 - And one who said in his presence, " he had no notion of people being in earnest in their good professions, whose practice was not suitable to them," was thus reprimanded by him:—" Sir, are you so grossly ignorant of human nature as not to know that a man may be very sincere in good principles, without
Page 23 - the best philosopher whom I have ever seen or known." In 1781, Johnson at last completed his " Lives of the Poets," of which he gives this account: " Some time in March I finished the ' Lives of the Poets,' which I wrote in my usual way, dilatorily and hastily, unwilling to work, and working with vigour and haste.
Page 97 - use, but their abstruseness, are beheld with pleasure:) by diverting the mind from its road of serious thoughts ; by instilling gaiety and airiness of spirit; by provoking to such dispositions of spirit in way of emulation or complaisance; and by seasoning matters, otherwise distasteful or insipid, with an unusual and thence grateful tang.
Page 2 - In short, Sir, I have got no further than this: Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.'" " A man, he observed, should begin to write soon ; for, if he waits till his judgement is matured, his
Page 282 - recover)', by a short and distinct narrative, and then assuming a gay air, repeated from Swift, " Nor think on our approaching ills, " And talk of spectacles and pills." Dr. Newton, the Bishop of Bristol, having been mentioned, Johnson, recollecting the manner in which he had been censured by that Prelate,
Page 231 - sometimes say more than I mean, in jest; and people are apt to believe me serious : however, I am more candid than I was when I was younger. As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man* upon easier terms than I was formerly.
Page 108 - us thither."—" They are more powerful, Sir, than we, (answered Imlack,) because they are wiser. Knowledge will always predominate over ignorance, as man governs the other animals. But why their knowledge is more than ours, I know not what reason can be given, but the unsearchable will of the