The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides

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Boswell is a good biographer, better than most modern ones. Samuel Johnson was quite a character, one who, even today, would be interesting to know. Whether discussing the rebellion in the North ... Read full review

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This is an abridgment of Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, which as it is runs to over 500 pages. I am glad I read it, but I’m also glad I read an abridgment (an ebook downloaded for free from The ... Read full review

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Page 84 - Stern o'er each bosom reason holds her state With daring aims irregularly great ; Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of human kind pass by...
Page 229 - I received your foolish and impudent letter. Any violence offered me I shall do my best to repel; and what I cannot do for myself, the law shall do for me. I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by the menaces of a ruffian.
Page 84 - With daring aims irregularly great. Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of human kind pass by, Intent on high designs — a thoughtful band, By forms...
Page 87 - The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty ! make thick my blood ; Stop up...
Page 285 - 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 40 - Its merits had not escaped the notice of Dr. Johnson, though in politics opposed to much it inculcates, for in reply to an observation of Boswell in praise of the French Ana, he said, ' A few of them are good, but we have one book of that kind better than any of them — Selden's Table Talk.
Page 135 - I believe, Sir, you have a great many. Norway, too, has noble wild prospects , and Lapland is remarkable for prodigious noble wild prospects. But, Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England' !' This unexpected and pointed sally produced a roar of applause.
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Page 255 - When once you have thought of big men and little men, it is very easy to do all the rest.
Page 17 - There is no arguing with Johnson; for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

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