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" To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over... "
The Juvenile Tourist ; Or, Excursions Into the West of England: Into the ... - Page 66
by John Evans - 1818 - 520 pages
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The Life and Services of Captain Philip Beaver, Late of His Majesty's Ship Nisus

William Henry Smyth - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) - 1829 - 340 pages
...associations of ideas are stubborn companions ; Johnson says, to abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish if it were possible ; and I confess that while we were nearing Cape Malheureux, in doubt whether it would not soon be bathed...
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The Christian Advocate, Volume 7

1829
...machinery to effect them, which are peculiar to this place; but to attempt to describe them, would for me "be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible." The wonderful mechanical genius of Sir Richard Arkwright is here every where displayed, and he is one...
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A Memoir of the Rev. Legh Richmond, A.M.: Of Trinity College, Cambridge ...

Thomas Shuttleworth Grimshawe - 1830 - 371 pages
...of religion. To abstract the mind fronj all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavored, and would be foolish if it were possible. Whatever...power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings....
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D (1815)

Robert Anderson - 1974 - 639 pages
...religion," is remarkable for its piety, pathos, and sublimity. " To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured ; and...power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings....
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The Boswellian Hero

William C. Dowling - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 224 pages
...clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion' ": " 'whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings'...
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Victorian Criticism of the Novel

Edwin M. Eigner, George J. Worth, Graham Storey - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 258 pages
...ALISON 1 Samuel Johnson's dictum, in the Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), reads: 'Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings'...
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Aesthetics and contemporary discourse

Herbert Grabes - Aesthetics - 1994 - 426 pages
...1978). 42 James Fenimore Cooper, Home as Found, introd. Lewis Leary (New York: Capricorn, 1961)209,118. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.43...
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Evolution and Literary Theory

Joseph Carroll - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 518 pages
...not be amiss to quote Johnson. In A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, Johnson remarks that "whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings."31...
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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
...the benefits of knowledge and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would...power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings....
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Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810

Harriet Guest, Lecturer Department of English Harriet Guest - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 350 pages
...the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would...power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings....
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