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" ... while it is supported by either parts or spirit, it will be seldom heartily abhorred. The Roman tyrant was content to be hated, if he was but feared; and there are thousands of the readers of romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed... "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 75
1823
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The British Essayists;: Rambler

Alexander Chalmers - 1808 - 372 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding, and the only solid basis of greatness ; and tliat vice is the natural consequence of narrow thoughts ; that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy....
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The Rambler, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1809 - 352 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they might be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...thoughts; that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. NO 5. TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 1750. Et nunc omnis ager, nunc omnis parturil arias; Nunc frondent siltxr,...
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The Rambler [by S. Johnson and others]. [Another], Volume 1

1810 - 464 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy*. * This excellent paper was occasioned by the popularity of Roderick Random, and Tom Jones, which appeared...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With An Essay on His Life and ..., Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1810 - 462 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy*. * This excellent paper was occasioned by the popularity of Roderick Random, and Tom Jones, which appeared...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, L. L. D.: In Twelve Volumes, Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1811
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be stea* dily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy.* * This excellent paper was occasioned by the popularity of Roderick Random, and Tom Jones, which appeared...
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Works, Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1811 - 396 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if theymay be allowed tQ be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding, and the only solid basis of greatness ; andthat vice is the natural consequence of narrow thoughts; that it begins in mistake, and ends in...
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The Sunday School Repository, Or, Teachers' Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 8

1813 - 1368 pages
...perplexed, that nothing is left but to sink under the burthen. VIRTUE. It ought always to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...natural consequence of narrow thoughts; that it begins iu mistake, and ends iu ignominy. EPITAPHS. An epitaph must be made fit for the person for whom it...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1816 - 524 pages
...romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy*. NUMB. 5. TUESDAY, April 3, Et nunc omnis ager, nunc omnis parturit arbos, Nunc frondent silvae, nunc...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1816 - 462 pages
...allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof pf understanding, and the only solid basis of greatness...vice is the natural consequence of narrow thoughts ; thai it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy*. NUMB. 5. TUESDAY, April 3, Et nunc omnis ager,...
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The works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - 1818 - 368 pages
...willing to be thought wicked, if they may be D 2 allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy*. No. 5. TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 1750. Rt mine minis ager, nunc omnis parturit arlms, Nuncfrondmt silvcc, nuncforiKotusimus...
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