Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: During the Last Twenty Years of His Life

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T. Cadell, 1786 - Authors, English - 306 pages
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Page 239 - Sir (said he), give me leave to tell something of Mr. Burke now. We were all silent, and the honest Hibernian began to relate how Mr. Burke went to see the collieries in a distant province; and he would go down into the bowels of the earth (in a bag), and he would examine every thing: he went in a bag Sir, and ventured his health and his life for knowledge; but he took care of his clothes, that they should not be spoiled, for he went down in a bag.
Page 25 - My mother (said he) was always telling me that I did not behave myself properly; that I should endeavour to learn behaviour, and such. cant: but when I replied, that she ought to tell me what to do, and what to avoid, her admonitions were commonly, for that time at least, at an end.
Page 305 - I do not delay a moment to declare, that, on the contrary, I have always commended it myself, and heard it commended by every one else ; and few things would give me more concern than to be thought incapable of tasting, or unwilling to testify my opinion of its excellence.
Page 50 - ... family and Mr. Scott only were present, who, in a jocose way, clapped him on the back, and said, What's all this, my dear Sir ? Why you, and I, and Hercules, you know, were all troubled with melancholy.
Page 72 - Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn; The first in loftiness of thought surpassed, The next in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go, To make a third she joined the former two.
Page 77 - ... of his mind, contributed much to disturb it. He had studied medicine diligently in all its branches; but had given particular attention to the diseases of the imagination, which he watched in himself with a solicitude destructive of his own peace, and intolerable to those he trusted. Dr Lawrence told him one day, that if he would come and beat him once a week he would bear it, but to hear his complaints was more than man could support.
Page 243 - I was suffering horrid tortures,' said he, ' and verily believe that if I had put a bit into my mouth it would have strangled me on the spot, I was so excessively ill; but I made more noise than usual to cover all that; and so they never perceived my not eating, nor I believe at all...
Page 219 - On the contrary (said he), you may observe there is always something which she prefers to truth. Fielding's Amelia was the mosT: pleasing heroine of all the romances (he said) ; but that vile broken nose never cured, ruined the sale of perhaps the only book, which being printed off betimes one morning, a new edition was called for before night.
Page 296 - His mind was so comprehensive, that no language but that he used could have expressed its contents; and so ponderous was his language, that sentiments less lofty and less solid than his were, would have been encumbered, not adorned by it. Mr. Johnson was not intentionally however a pompous converser; and though he was accused of using big words as they are...
Page 126 - Mr. Murphy brought him back to us again very kindly, and from that time his visits grew more frequent, till in the year 1766 his health, which he had always complained of, grew so exceedingly bad, that he could not stir out of his room in the court he inhabited for many weeks together, I think months.

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