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" To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over... "
The Beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Consisting of Maxims and Observations ... - Page 256
by Samuel Johnson - 1804 - 394 pages
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 2008 - 1024 pages
...distinct separation between them. When he talked of madness, he was to be understood as speaking of would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would...future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me, and from my friends, be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct...
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