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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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Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine, Volume 25

1889
...Boswell remarked to Johnson that it produced in his mind "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 (purely hypothetical) battle." But Johnson, who had no great ear for harmony, replied that if...
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Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 58; Volume 121

1893
...curtain 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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