The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Том 2
W. Andrews and L. Blake, and Cushing and Appleton, Salem, 1807
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Yes , Sir , and it is a matter of opinion , very necessary to keep society together .
What is it but opinion , by which we have a respect for authority , that prevents us ,
who are the rabble , from rising up and pulling down you who are gentlemen ...
have already given my opinion of Fielding ; but I cannot refrain from repeating
here my wonder at Johnson's excessive and unaccountable depreciation of one
of the best writers that England has produced . “ Tom Jones ” has stood the test of
We talked of Tacitus , and I hazarded an opinion , that with all his merit for
penetration , shrewdness of judgement , and terseness of expression , he was
too compact , too much broken into hints , as it were , and therefore too difficult to
We talked of sounds . The General said , there was no beauty in a simple sound ,
but only in an harmonious composition of sounds . I presumed to differ from this '
opinion , and mentioned the soft and sweet sound of a fine woman's voice .
I expressed a liking for Mr. Francis Osborne's works , and asked him what he
thought of that writer . He answered , “ A conceited fellow . Were a man to write so
now , the boys would throw stones at him . ” He , however , did not alter my
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