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

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

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ...is right all the while; he is with you but two hours of the day perhaps, and then you teize him by making the child cry. Are not ten hours enough for tuition? And are the hours of pleasure so frequent in life, that when a man gets a couple of quiet ones to spend in familiar chat with his wife, they must be poisoned by petty mortifications? Put mifscy to school; she will.learn to hold her head like her neighbours, and you will no longer torment your family for want of other talk." The vacuity of life had at some early period of his life struck so forcibly on the mind ofMr. Johnson, that it became by repeated imprefiion his favourite hypothefis, and the general tenor of his reasonings commonly ended there, wherever they might begin. Such things therefore as other philosophers often attribute to Various and contradictory causes, appeared to him uniform enough; all was done to fill.up the time, upon his principle. I used to tell him, that it was, like the Clown's answer in As you like it, of " Oh Lord, Sir!" for that it suited every occafion. One man, for example, was profligate and wild, as we call it, followed the girls, or fat still at the gaming-table.. " VVhy, life must be filled up (says Johnson), and the man should take it in his head to preach on such a subjecct, in a place where no one can be thinking of it?" W'hy, what are they thinking upon, Sir (said l)? " Why, the men are thinking on their money I suppose, and the women are thinking of their mops." Dr. Johnson's knowledge and esteem of what we call low or coarse life was indeed prodigious; and he did not like that the upper ranks should be dignified with the name of the 'world. Sir Joshua Reynolds said one day, that nobody wore laced coats now;...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806522
  • 9781236806529