The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of his tour to the Hebrides. To which are added, Anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, &c. and notes by various hands, Volume 6

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Page 184 - Wednesday I called on him about half an hour before dinner, as I often did when we were to dine out together, to see that he was ready in time, and to accompany him. I found him buffeting his books, as upon a former occasion, covered with dust, and making no preparation for going abroad.
Page 305 - Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Page 205 - Sir Joshua agreed to carry it to Dr. Johnson, who received it with much good humour245, and desired Sir Joshua to tell the gentlemen, that he would alter the Epitaph in any manner they pleased, as to the sense of it; but he would never consent to disgrace the walls of Westminster Abbey with an English inscription.
Page 118 - Depend upon it, Sir, this is not true. A woman of fortune being used to the handling of money, spends it judiciously: but a woman who gets the command of money for the first time upon her marriage, has such a gust in spending it, that she throws it away with great profusion.
Page 183 - I therefore, while we were sitting quietly by ourselves at his house in an evening, took occasion to open my plan thus : — 'Mr. Dilly, Sir, sends his respectful compliments to you, and would be happy if you would do him the honour to dine with him on Wednesday next along with me, as I must soon go to Scotland.
Page 242 - Th' oblivious grave's inviolable shade. Let one great payment every claim appease, And him who cannot hurt, allow to please ; To please by scenes, unconscious of offence, By harmless merriment or useful sense. Where aught of bright or fair the piece displays, Approve it only — 'tis too late to praise. If want of skill or want of care appear, Forbear to hiss; — the poet cannot hear. By all, like him, must praise and blame be found, At last a fleeting gleam, or empty sound.
Page 221 - ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men ; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise ; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 296 - Hermit hoar, in solemn cell, Wearing out life's evening gray: Smite thy bosom, sage, and tell, What is bliss ? and which the way ?'" BOSWELL. " But why smite his bosom, sir?" JOHNSON. " Why to shew he was in earnest...
Page 182 - I conceived an irresistible wish, if possible, to bring Dr. Johnson and Mr. Wilkes together. How to manage it, was a nice and difficult matter. My worthy booksellers and friends, Messieurs Dilly in the Poultry, at whose hospitable and well-covered table I have seen a greater number of literary men, than at any other, except that of Sir Joshua Reynolds, had invited me to meet Mr. Wilkes and some more gentlemen, on Wednesday, May 15. "Pray (said I) let us have Dr. Johnson."—"What with Mr. Wilkes?...
Page 82 - He then repeated, with great emotion, Shenstone's lines : " Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest: welcome at an inn.

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