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" Why, Sir, that may be true in cases where learning cannot possibly be of any use; for instance, this boy rows us as well without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy,... "
Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life, and ... - Page 65
by Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ...

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...without learning, as if he could fing the fong of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the firft failors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give,...pleafed with his anfwer, and we gave him a double fare. Mr. Johnfon then turning to me, " Sir, (faid he) a defire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind;...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ...

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...without learning, as if he could fing the fong of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the firft failors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts r" " Sir, (faid the boy,) I would give what I have." Johnfon was much pleafed with his anfwer, and...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ...

James Boswell - 1799
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?" " Sir (said the boy,) I would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1799
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors.' He then called to the boy, 'What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?' ' Sir, (said the boy,) I would give what I have.' Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1799
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors.' He then called to the boy, 'What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?' ' Sir, (said the boy,) I would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1807
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?":—" Sir (said the boy), I would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1807
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?" " Sir (said the boy), 1 would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, 1 ? 63 and we...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orphens to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?" " Sirs (•aid the boy), I would giv e what I bave." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, aud...
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The Table Talk of John Selden

John Selden - Table-talk - 1818 - 180 pages
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orpheus to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?" — " Sir (said the boy), I would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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Johnsoniana: from Boswell's life of the great lexicographer and moralist ...

James Boswell - 1820
...without learning, as if he could sing the song of Orphens to the Argonauts, who were the first sailors." He then called to the boy, " What would you give, my lad, to know about the Argonauts ?" " Sir," said the boy, " I would give what I have." Johnson was much pleased with his answer, and we gave him...
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