Letters of James Boswell to the Rev. W. J. Temple

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Sidgwick & Jackson, Limited, 1908 - Authors, Scottish - 348 pages
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Page 245 - Where then shall hope and fear their objects find ? Must dull suspense corrupt the stagnant mind ? Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate...
Page 172 - We walked in the evening in Greenwich park. He asked me, I suppose, by way of trying my disposition, " Is not this very fine?" Having no exquisite relish of the beauties of nature, and being more delighted with " the busy hum of men," I answered " Yes, sir ; but not equal to Fleet-street." JOHNSON. "You are right, sir.
Page 35 - As the vessel put out to sea, I kept my eyes upon him for a considerable time, while he remained rolling his majestic frame in his usual manner ; and at last I perceived him walk back into the town, and he disappeared.
Page 25 - Johnson told me, that he went up thither without mentioning it to his servant, when he wanted to study, secure from interruption ; for he would not allow his servant to say he was not at home when he really was. ' A servant's strict regard for truth, (said he) must be weakened by such a practice.
Page 35 - Nay, Sir, it is more likely you should forget me, than that I should forget you." As the vessel put out to sea, I kept my eyes upon him for a considerable time, while he remained rolling his...
Page 26 - Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
Page 141 - He was equally acquainted with the elegant and profound parts of science, and that not superficially, but thoroughly. He knew every branch of history, both natural and civil ; had read all the original iibtorians of England, France, and Italy; and was a great antiquarian.
Page 17 - Why no, Sir; this is not just reasoning. You may abuse a tragedy, though you cannot write one. You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables.
Page 107 - , in his rude versification, has very judiciously pointed out that degree of intelligence which is to be desired in a female companion : ' Give me, next good, an understanding wife, By Nature wise, not learned by much art ; Some knowledge on her side will all my life More scope of conversation impart ; Besides, her inborne virtue fortifie ; They are most firmly good, who best know why.
Page 195 - Buckden," he writes to a friend, "and had a very good journey. An agreeable young widow nursed me and supported my lame foot on her knee. Am I not fortunate in having something about me that interests most people at first sight in my favour?

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