Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson Volume 1

Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...say, but to what you shall prove. You may print this if you will. Sam. Johnson. /. ii. 298. Madness: 'Of the uncertainties of our present state, ' said Imlac, 'the most dreadful and alarming is the uncertain continuance of reason.'... Rasselas inquired of him whether he thought such maladies of the mind frequent, and how they were contracted?' Disorders of intellect, ' answered Imlac, 'happen much more often than superficial observers will easily believe. Perhaps, if we speak with rigorous exactness, no human mind is in its right state. There is no man whose imagination does not sometimes predominate y 1 A translation of the Iliad. Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson. Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson. over his reason, who can regulate his attention wholly by his will, and whose ideas will come and go at his command. No man will be found in whose mind airy notions do not sometimes tyrannise, and force him to hope or fear beyond the limits of sober probability. All power of fancy over reason is a degree of insanity; but while this power is such as we can control and repress it is not visible to others, nor considered as any depravation of the mental faculties: it is not pronounced madness but when it becomes ungovernable, and apparently influences speech or action. Rasselas, chs. 43 and 44. The moralists all talk of the uncertainty of fortune and the transitoriness of beauty, but it is yet more dreadful to consider that the powers of the mind are equally liable to change; that understanding may make its appearance and depart, that it may blaze and expire. Croker's Boswell (8vo ed.), p. 102. How little can we venture to exult in any intellectual powers or literary attainments when we consider the condition of poor Collins! I knew him a few years ago full...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604008
  • 9781236604002