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" ... dejection, so that I was ready to shed tears; and of daring resolution, so that I was inclined to rush into the thickest part of the battle. ' Sir, (said he,) I should never hear it, if it made me such a fool. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 442
by James Boswell - 1807
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Young Boswell; Chapters on James Boswell: The Biographer

Chauncey Brewster Tinker - Authors, Scottish - 1922 - 266 pages
...often to agitate my nerves painfully, producing in my mind alternate sensations of pathetick dejection, so that I was ready to shed tears, and of daring resolution,...inclined to rush into the thickest part of the battle." Boswell was plainly right in calling this "romantic." If Rousseau had written the sentence, or Berlioz,...
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Gay's Beggar's Opera: Its Content, History & Influence

William Eben Schultz, Oliver Baty Cunningham Memorial Publication Fund, Elizabethan Club (Yale University) - Ballad opera - 1923 - 407 pages
...rustic dolefulness, according to their subject. Boswell testifies as to the connotation of Gay's tunes: Much of the effect of musick, I am satisfied, is owing to the association of ideas. . . . And I know from my own experience, that Scotch reels, though 1 brisk, make me melancholy. . ....
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 214

England - 1923
...so painfully " as to produce now pathetic dejection and now daring resolution," Johnson said, " Sir, I should never hear it if it made me such a fool." His imperfect sight rendered him insensible to painting and indifferent to scenery. When he gave Boswell...
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The Dial, Volumes 38-39

Francis Fisher Browne - American literature - 1905
...confided to Johnson, aJfected him intensely, producing ' alternate sensations of pathetic dejection, so that I was ready to shed tears, and of daring resolution so that I was inclined to rush into the thickest of the battle,' — a battle, of course, that was purely hypothetical. ' Sir/ replied the other, '...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 198

1893
...certain strains of music, as being so great as to make him ready to shed tears. "Sir," he replied, "I should never hear it if it made me such a fool." Indeed, unless his own heart were touched, he was intolerant of what he was inclined to consider an...
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An Experiment in Criticism

C. S. Lewis - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 142 pages
...often to agitate my nerves painfully, producing in my mind alternate sensations of pathetic dejection, so that I was ready to shed tears, and of daring resolution,...inclined to rush into the thickest part of the battle.' Johnson's reply will be remembered : ' Sir, I should never hear it, if it made me such a fool. 51 We...
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A Life of James Boswell

Peter Martin - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 613 pages
...the thickest part of a battle. I told Dr Johnson that it affected me in an extreme degree. He said I should never hear it if it made me such a fool. There is much of the effect owing to association of ideas. For Scotch reels make me melancholy, though...
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Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell : Holmes and Laski

Jeffrey O'Connell, Thomas E. O'Connell - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 193 pages
...him, Boswell, to the point where it could throw him into sensations of pathetic dejection so that he was ready to shed tears "and of daring resolution,...inclined to rush into the thickest part of the battle." As to such a stirring response, Johnson replied: "Sir, I should never hear it, if it made me such a...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - Authors, English - 2008 - 1024 pages
...to shed tears; and of daring resolution, so that I was inclined to rush into the thickest part of a battle. 'Sir (said he), I should never hear it, if it made me such a fool.' Much of the effect of music, I am satisfied, is owing to association of ideas. That air, which instantly and irresistibly...
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The Musical Times, Volume 37

Music - 1896
...often to agitate my nerves painfully, producing in my mind alternate sensations of pathetic dejection, so that I was ready to shed tears, and of daring resolution,...I should never hear it if it made me such a fool.' " Yet the Doctor must often have wished for susceptibility to an art which gave his friends such exquisite...
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