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" Goldsmith should not be for ever attempting to shine in conversation : he has not temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance ; a man may be beat at times by one who has not... "
Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life, and ... - Page 14
by Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
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Johnsonian Miscellanies, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1897
...from this publication. Life, ii. 64; iii. 271. 4 ' Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance, a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit." Ib. ii. 231. 'And then also for men's reputation ; and that either in point of wisdom or of wit. There...
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Johnsonian Miscellanies, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1897
...from this publication. Life, ii. 64; iii. 271. 4 ' Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance, a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit.' Ib. ii. 231. 'And then also for men's reputation ; and that either in point of wisdom or of wit. There...
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Oliver Goldsmith: A Memoir

Austin Dobson - 1899 - 270 pages
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance, a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. Now Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D.: Together with a Journal of a ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1900
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance. A man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. Now Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson ...: To which is Added The Journal of a ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1900 - 726 pages
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, trange to Murphy and me, who never felt that anxiety, but sent what we wrote to the Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson, Volume 3

James Boswell - 1901
...Mansfield and Lord Camden united in 1769, and from which only five of a numerous body entered a protest. chance ; a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. Now Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

John Forster - Authors, Irish - 1903 - 460 pages
...much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance;a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. Now, Goldsmith putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one, who cannot spare...
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My Favorite Book-shelf: A Collection of Interesting & Instructive Reading ...

Charles Josselyn - English literature - 1903 - 292 pages
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance; a man may be beat at times by one who has not a tenth part of his wit. Now Goldsmith's putting himself against another is like a man laying a hundred...
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Life of Johnson, Volumes 1-2

James Boswell - 1904
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, to a kind of mysterious veneration, by figuring to myself a state of solemn elevated abstracti Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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Selections from Boswell's Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1912 - 93 pages
...temper for it, he is so much mortified when he fails. Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance; a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. Now Goldsmith's putting himself against another, is like a man laying a hundred to one who cannot spare...
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