Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: During the Last Twenty Years of His Life

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Страница 67 - If the man who turnips cries, Cry not when his father dies, 'Tis a proof that he had rather Have a turnip than his father.
Страница 245 - I was suffering horrid tortures,' said he, ' and verily believe that if I had put a bit into my mouth it would have strangled me on the spot, I was so excessively ill; but I made more noise than usual to cover all that; and so they never perceived my not eating, nor I believe at all...
Страница 265 - because it was a country so truly desolate (he said), that if one had a mind to hang one's self for desperation at being obliged to live there, it would be difficult to find a tree on which to fasten the rope.
Страница 52 - Johnson had never, by his own account, been a close student, and used to advise young people never to be without a book in their pocket, to be read at bye-times when they had nothing else to do.
Страница 126 - Murphy brought him back to us again very kindly, and from that time his visits grew more frequent, till in the year 1766 his health, which he had always complained of, grew so exceedingly bad, that he could not stir out of his room in the court he inhabited for many weeks together, I think months. Mr. Thrale's attentions and my own now became so acceptable to him, that he often lamented to us the horrible condition of his mind, which he said was nearly distracted...
Страница 101 - Johnson pronounced a long eulogium upon Milton with so much ardour, eloquence, and ingenuity, that the Abbe" rose from his seat and embraced him. My husband seeing them apparently so charmed with the company of each other, politely invited the Abbe...
Страница 298 - His mind was so comprehensive, that no language but that he used could have expressed its contents; and so ponderous was his language, that sentiments less lofty and less solid than his were, would have been encumbered, not adorned by it. Mr.
Страница 119 - ... whose landlady pressed him for payment within doors, while the bailiffs beset him without; that he was drinking himself drunk with Madeira to drown care, and fretting over a novel which when finished was to be his whole fortune; but he could not get it done for distraction, nor could he step out of doors to offer it to sale.
Страница 83 - Dear Bathurst (said he to me one day) was a man to my very heart's content : he hated a fool, and he hated a rogue, and he hated a whig; he was a very good hater...
Страница 305 - They do not surprise me at all by so doing," said Johnson : " they see, reflected in that glass, men who have risen from almost the lowest situations in life; one to enormous riches, the other to every thing this world can give — rank, fame, and fortune. They see, likewise, men who have merited their advancement by the exertion and improvement of those talents which God had given them ; and I see not why they should avoid the mirror.

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