The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

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G. Walker ... [and 9 others], 1820

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Page 306 - Here will I hold. If there's a power above us — And that there is, all nature cries aloud Through all her works — He must delight in virtue; And that which He delights in must be happy.
Page 257 - No. 65., there is the following very extraordinary paragraph: " The authenticity of Clarendon's History, though printed with the sanction of one of the first universities of the world, had not an unexpected manuscript been happily discovered, would, with the help of factious credulity, have been brought into question, by the two lowest of all human beings, a scribbler for a party, and a commissioner of excise.
Page 327 - ... reason why we approve and admire it, as we approve and admire customs and fashions of dress for no other reason than that we are used to them ; so that, though habit and custom cannot be said to be the cause of beauty, it is certainly the cause of our liking it ; and I have no doubt but that, if we were more used to deformity than beauty, deformity would then* lose the idea now annexed to it, and take that of beauty; as, if the whole world should agree that yes and no should change their meanings,...
Page 397 - thou to whose voice nations have listened, and whose wisdom is known to the extremities of Asia, tell me how I may resemble Omar the prudent. The arts by which...
Page 14 - ... with reflecting that our part is performed. He that waits for an opportunity to do much at once, may breathe out his life in idle wishes, and regret, in the last hour, his useless intentions, and barren zeal.
Page 129 - GENIUS of the place. It is a sort of inspiring deity, which every youth of quick sensibility and ingenious disposition creates to himself, by reflecting, that he is placed under those venerable walls, where a HOOKER and a HAMMOND, a BACON and a NEWTON, once pursued the same course of science, and from whence they soared to the most elevated heights of literary fame.
Page 400 - ... presence was always necessary, and the stream of business hurried me along. Sometimes I was afraid lest I should be charged with ingratitude, but I still proposed to travel, and therefore would not confine myself by marriage.
Page 319 - We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us.
Page 379 - At length he found it expedient to introduce wine, as an agreeable improvement, or a necessary ingredient, to his new way of living ; and having once tasted it, he was tempted, by little and little, to give a loose to the excesses of intoxication. His general simplicity of...
Page 327 - To instance in a particular part of a feature : the line that forms the ridge of the nose is beautiful when it is straight ; this then is the central form, which is oftener found than either concave, convex or any other irregular form that shall be proposed.

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