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" But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken that, when the choice is unrestrained, the best examples only should... "
Morality of Fiction: Or, An Inquiry Into the Tendency of Fictitious ... - Page 155
by Hugh Murray - 1805 - 174 pages
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How to Get on in the World: As Demonstrated by the Life and Language of ...

Robert Waters - 1883 - 612 pages
..."But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, care ought to be taken that, when the choice is unrestrained,...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects." — R. No. 4. It should have been, in the first of these extracts, " than that of gathering ;'' in...
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How to Get on in the World: As Demonstrated by the Life and Language of ...

Robert Waters - 1883 - 616 pages
..."But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, care ought to be taken that, when the choice is unrestrained,...strongly should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects."—R. No. 4. It should have been, in the first of these extracts, " than that of gathering;''...
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The English Grammar: Carefully Rev. and Annotated

William Cobbett - 1883 - 264 pages
...when the choice is unrestrained, the best examples only should be exhibited ; and that which [that] is likely to operate so strongly should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects."—R. No. 4. It should have been, in the first of these extracts, " than that of gathering...
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A Grammar of the English Language: In a Series of Letters : Intended for the ...

William Cobbett - 1884 - 218 pages
...is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, care ought to be taken Hull, when the choice is unrestrained, the best examples...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects." — R. No. 4. XXI.] " It is, therefore, an useful thing when we have a fundamental truth, we use the...
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The Essays of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1888 - 424 pages
...success, to regulate their own practices, when they shall be engaged in the like part. For this reason, these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater...mischievous or uncertain in its effects. The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is, that their authors are at liberty, though not...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 562 pages
...with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if the power of example is so great as to take 30 possession of the memory by a kind of violence, and...that which is likely to operate so strongly, should 35 not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects. to invent, yet to select objects, and to cull from...
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Literary Criticism: Pope to Croce

Gay Wilson Allen, Harry Hayden Clark - 1962 - 676 pages
...success, to regulate their own practices when they shall be engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater...mischievous or uncertain in its effects The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is that their authors are at liberty, though not...
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Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler

Samuel Johnson - 1968 - 400 pages
...success to regulate their own practices, when they shall be engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater...mischievous or uncertain in its effects. The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is, that their authors are at liberty, tho' not...
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A Grammar of the English Language: The 1818 New York First Edition with ...

William Cobbett - 1983 - 202 pages
..."But, if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, care ought to be taken, that, when the choice is unrestrained,...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects." — R. No. 4. It should be, in the first of these extracts, "than that of gathering;" in the second,...
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The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary ...

Mary Poovey - 1985 - 309 pages
...not informed by experience, and consequently open to every false suggestion and partial account. ... If the power of example is so great, as to take possession...strongly, should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects.15 Johnson's wariness about the power of the imagination should remind us of Mary Shelley;...
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