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" ... there is more beauty in the works of a great genius, who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them. "
The British essayists; to which are prefixed prefaces by J. Ferguson - Page 113
by British essayists - 1819
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The Spectator, Volume 8

1717
...Writing. ^. In the next Place, our 9M*!cs do not feem fcnfible that there is more Beauty in the Works gf a great Genius who is ignorant of the Rules of Art, than in thofe of a little Genius -who knows and obferves them. It is of thefe Men of Genius that Terence fpeaks,...
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The Spectator, Volume 8

1729
...fometimes a greater Judgment (hewn in deviating from the Rules of Art, than in adhering to them; and, zdly, That there is more Beauty in the Works of a great Genius who is ignorant of all the Rules of Art, than in the Works, of a little Genius, who not only knows, but fcrupuloufly obferves...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 5

1786
...arts, which it what we call the fublime in writing. In the next place, our critics do not fcem fenfible that there is more beauty in the works of a great genius who i* ignorant of the ru'es of art, than in thole of a little genius who knows and obierves them. It is...
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The Spectator. ...

1789
...a greater judgment ihewn in deviating from the rules of art than iti adhering to them ; and, adly, that there is more beauty in the works of a great genius, who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but fcrupuloufly obferves...
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The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volume 15

British essayists - 1802
...sometimes a greater judgment shown in deviating from the rules of art than in adhering to them ; and, 2dly, that there is more beauty in the works of a great genius, who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes...
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The British Essayists: The Spectator

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1802
...sometimes a greater judgment shown in deviating from the rules of art than in adhering to them; and, 2dly, that there is more beauty in the works of a great genius, who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes...
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Select British Classics, Volume 18

English literature - 1803
...grande in these arts, which is what we call the sublime in writing. In the next place, our critics do not seem sensible that there is more beauty in the works of a great geplus who is ignorant of the rules of art, than in those of a little genius who knows and observes...
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The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Volume 3

Joseph Addison - 1804
...greater judgment shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and, Secondly, That there is more beauty in the works :of- a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows, but scrupulously observes...
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The British Essayists;: Spectator

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1808
...drama, when it has made way for a much higher beauty than the observation of such a rule would ]iave been. Those who have surveyed the noblest pieces of...little artificial cavillers of his time; ' Quorum amuljrl exoptat negligentiam Potins quam istorum obscurjm diligentiim. Whose negligence he would rather...
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The Spectator; in Miniature: Being a Collection of the Principal ..., Volume 1

1808
...of art, than in those of a little genins -, ho knows and ohserves them.' It iof these men of genios that Terence speaks, in opposition to the little artificial cavillers of his lime; Quorum a-mularl exoptat negligenttom Potins quam istorum ohscuram diligentiam. " Whose negligence...
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