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" For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if the power of example is so great... "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 75
1823
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The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of ...

Michael McKeon - History - 2006 - 904 pages
...any applications to himself." The "familiar histories" of today "may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions." Not that Johnson lacks respect for the solemnities either of morality or of public life; rather, he...
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Jane Austen in Context

Jane Austen - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 467 pages
...end to morally 'mixed' characters on the grounds that novels (aimed at the young and impressionable) 'take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will'. He is answered by the ingenuous Catherine, who has her...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

Janet Todd - Literary Criticism - 2006
...the life of a single girl.1 Samuel Johnson claimed that, in the modern romance or 'familiar history', 'the power of example, is so great, as to take possession...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will'.2 The external reader is caught up in the process, for...
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The Constitution of Literature: Literacy, Democracy, and Early English ...

Lee Morrissey - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 242 pages
...Johnson, writing after a century of the democratic literacy debate, sees. Johnson is concerned that "the power of example is so great, as to take possession...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will" (Rambler no. 4, 3:22). Although the idea that the verbal...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: The Rambler

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...more efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if thepower of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, and produce...
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A Brief Retrospect of the Eighteenth Century: Part First; in Two ..., Volume 2

Samuel Miller - Art, Modern - 1803 - 510 pages
...sympathy, and of impressing the understanding and the heart. Such fiction " may do more good to many minds than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms arid definitions." On this ground it was, no doubt, that the infinitely wise Author of our religion...
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 51

James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch - Authors - 1855
...Dr. Johnson observes, histories which draw the portraits of living manners may be made of moro use, and convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than .axioms and definitions. Mr. Massey does not undertake to write in any detail the history of India and Ireland, of America,...
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