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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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Der Prosastil Samuel Johnson's

Heinrich Schmidt - 1905 - 76 pages
...veneration for the good, and extenuates our hatred of the bad. Ra. 54. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...; that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. Ra. 4. There seem to be some souls suited to great, and other to little employments ; some formed to...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 562 pages
...inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding, and the only solid basis of greatness ; 30 and that vice is the natural consequence of narrow...thoughts; that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. No. 5. TUESDAY, April 3, 1750 Et nunc omnis offer, nunc omnis parturit arbos, Nunc Jrondent silvce,...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 562 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 ; 30 and that vice is the natural consequence of narrow thoughts; that it begins in mistake, and ends...
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 346 pages
...not receive any moral corruption from the splendor of successful wickedness. "It is to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...thoughts; that it begins in mistake and ends in ignominy." All this is almost exclusively moral. The author cannot forget his mission as preceptor of the English...
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Literary Criticism: Pope to Croce

Gay Wilson Allen, Harry Hayden Clark - 1962 - 676 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,...thoughts; that it begins in mistake and ends in ignominy. PREFACE TO SHAKESPEARE (selections)1 1765 . . . The poet of whose works I have undertaken the revision...
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Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler

Samuel Johnson - 1968 - 400 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,...thoughts, that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. No. 6. Saturday, 7 April 175o. Strenua nos exercet inertia, navibus atque Quadrigis petimus bene vivere:...
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When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language ...

James Boyd White - 1985 - 400 pages
..."bless the name of the Lord, whether he gives or takes away." [No. 32] It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...only solid basis of greatness; and that vice is the consequence of narrow thoughts, that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. [No. 4] Whoever commits...
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The Definition of Literature and Other Essays

W. W. Robson, William Wallace Robson - 1984 - 288 pages
...says, 'for vice is necessary to be shown, should always disgust.' Finally, 'it is to 66 be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding and the only solid basis of greatness'. Johnson's theory of the novel has thus two aspects. One is realism. He is on the side of all those...
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Tobias Smollett: The Critical Heritage

Lionel Kelly - 1995 - 399 pages
...romances willing to be thought \vicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...narrow thoughts; that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominv. o J NOTE 1. Horace, Epistles, II. i. 170. The translation is given in the text by Johnson,...
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Samuel Johnson and the Essay

Robert Donald Spector - 1997 - 254 pages
...could not be clearer on what he believed to be the aim of literature: "It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding,...narrow thoughts, that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy."183 Writing in the century when popular culture was first being shaped by print, Johnson...
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