Life of Johnson Volume 1

Life of Johnson Volume 1

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... man through the head, and say you intended to miss him; but the Judge will order you to be hanged. An alleged want of intention, when evil is committed, will not be allowed in a court of justice. Rousseau, Sir, is a very bad man. I would sooner sign a sentence for his transportation, than that of any felon who has gone from the Old Bailey these many years. Yes, I should like to have him work in the plantations.' BOSWELL. ' Sir, do you think him as bad a man as Voltaire?' JOHNSON. ' Why, Sir, it is diflicult to settle the proportion of iniquity between them.' This violence seemed very strange to me, who had read many of Rousseau's animated writings with great pleasure, and even edification; had been much pleased with his society, and was just come from the Continent, where he 340 SUBORDINATION 1766 was very generally admired. Nor can I yet allow that he deserves the very severe censure which Johnson pronounced upon him. His absurd preference of savage to civilised life, and other singularities, are proofs rather of a defect in his understanding, than of any depravity in his heart. And notwithstanding the unfortunate opinion which many worthy men have expressed of his 'Profession de Foi du Vicaire Savoy/ard, ' I cannot help admiring it as the performance of a man full of sincere reverential submission to Divine Mystery, though besetwith perplexing doubts; a state of mind to be viewed with pity rather than with anger. On his favourite subject of subordination, Johnson said, ' So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.' I mentioned the advice given us by...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944089
  • 9781236944085