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" The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of an individual or of human nature in general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing. "
Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged from mr ... - Страница 19
по Samuel Johnson - 1807
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Lives of the English Poets: Swift-Lyttelton

Samuel Johnson - 1905
...that it may the better please those who hear it.' ' The value of every story,' said Johnson, ' depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...general ; if it be false, it is a picture of nothing.' HosweWs/oAnson, ii.433* For 'the natural desire of man to propagate a wonder' see ante, COWLEY, 5....

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell - 1907
...them ; and that redress ought in such cases to be given. He said, "The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...for Italy, as he had to cross the Alps, sat down to VOL. i. u make himself wings. This many people would believe : but i would be a picture of nothing....

Boswell's Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1917 - 574 страници
...them; and that redress ought in such cases to be given. He said, 'The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...nature in general: if it be false, it is a picture of 1776] VERACITY 265 nothing. For instance: suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out...

The Forum, Том 5

1887
...inventions of "The Castle of Otranto" Dr. Johnson raised the formidable club of his logic. Said he, •' A story is a picture either of an individual or of...general. If it be false, it is a picture of nothing." The eccentric characters in "Evelina" were criticised sharply by Macaulav. " They are rare," said he,...

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century

George Alexander Kennedy, H. B. Nisbet, Claude Rawson, Raman Selden - 1989 - 970 страници
...be the one that Johnson usually has in mind. 'The value of every story', he told Boswell, 'depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...general: if it be false, it is a picture of nothing' (Life, II, p. 433). Whether the 'picture' represents a specific individual or the features that are...
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Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1998 - 1492 страници
...For instance: suppose a man should tell that Johnson, before setting out for 1 C'a dchtof kindness.'] Italy, as he had to cross the Alps, sat down to make...would believe; but it would be a picture of nothing. * ******1 (naming a worthy friend of ours,) used to think a story, a story, till I shewed him that...
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Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell : Holmes and Laski

Jeffrey O'Connell, Thomas E. O'Connell - 2008 - 193 страници
...crossed the Thames on March 1 6, 1 776, Johnson said to Boswell, "The value of every story depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...nature in general: If it be false, it is a picture of nothing."35 Boswell sketches out a similar scene with Mrs. Thrale, Johnson, and himself: Next morning,...
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aspects of biography

André Maurois - 1966 - 209 страници
...loyalty towards one's hero, one may quote Doctor Johnson: "The value of every story," he said, "depends on its being true. A story is a picture either of...general : if it be false, it is a picture of nothing." Of course there may be cases in which it is painful to tell the truth, whether out of respect towards...
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