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" His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world, by the peculiarities of studies or professions which can operate but upon small numbers, or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary... "
The British Nepos; or, Youth's mirror: lives of illustrious Britons - Page 142
by William Fordyce Mavor - 1816
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Philological tracts, &c

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1823
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions:. they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...influence of those general passions and •principles _by which .all minds are agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion. In the writings...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: The author's life ...

William Shakespeare, Isaac Reed, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens - 1823
...operate but upon small numbers ; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions ; they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...observation will always find. His persons act and speak by tbe influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated, and the whole...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 29

English literature - 1823
...and stamp individuality on every mind. Dr. Johnson, in his preface to Shakspeare, has said, ' that in the writings of other poets, a character is too...in those of Shakspeare, it is commonly a species.' This opinion, which Dr. Johnson delivered as a eulogium, would have been the most derogatory that could...
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the quarterly review

John Murray - 1823
...and stamp individuality on every mind. Dr. Johnson, in his preface to Shakspeare, has said, ' that in the writings of other poets, a character is too...in those of Shakspeare, it is commonly a species.' This opiiiion, which Dr. Johnson delivered as a eulogium, would have been the most derogatory that...
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A New Translation of Aristotle's Rhetoric: With an Introduction and Appendix ...

Aristotle - Rhetoric - 1823 - 493 pages
...mistaking this matter, Dr. Johnson is led into the following remark on Shakspeare's characters : " In the writings of other poets, a character is too...in those of Shakspeare, it is commonly a species." Johnson's Works, vol. ii. p. 137. On the contrary, the characters of Shakspeare, like those of Homer,...
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A New Translation of Aristotle's Rhetoric

Aristoteles - Rhetoric - 1823 - 493 pages
...Frommistaking this matter, Dr. Johnson is led into the following remark on Shakspcare's characters : " In the writings of other poets, a character is too often an individual ; in those of Shakspcare, it is commonly a species." Johnson's Works, vol. ii. p. 137. On the contrary, the characters...
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Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry

Vicesimus Knox - English prose literature - 1824 - 788 pages
...operate but upon small numbers ; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions ; they o the seas and to the floods, The state and bread...the poor and oppressed have been precious in mine ill minds are agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion. In the writings of other...
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A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Source of the Pleasures Derived from Tragic ...

Martin M'Dermot - Drama - 1824 - 405 pages
...humanity, such as the world will always supply, and observation will always find. His persons always act and speak by the influence of those general passions...the whole system of life is continued in motion."* It was from this close adherence to human nature that Shakspeare succeeded so admirably in awakening...
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A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Source of the Pleasures Derived from Tragic ...

Martin M'Dermot - Acting - 1824 - 405 pages
...operate but on small numbers, or by the accidents of transient fashions, or temporary opinions : they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...supply, and observation will always find. His persons always act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are...
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Examples of English Prose: From the Reign of Elizabeth to the Present Time ...

George Walker - English prose literature - 1825 - 615 pages
...operate but upon small numbers ; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions : they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...: in those of Shakspeare it is commonly a species. It is from this wide extension of design that so much instruction is derived. It is this which fills...
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