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" If a life be delayed till interest and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but must expect little intelligence; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile and evanescent kind, such as soon escape the memory, and... "
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their ... - Page xiv
by Samuel Johnson - 1854
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The Rambler [by S. Johnson and others]., Volume 3

1750
...and all motives to calumny or flattery are fupprefled, we may hope for impartiality ; but muft expefl little intelligence : for the incidents which give excellence to biography, are of a volatile and evanefcent kind ; fuch as foon efcape the memory, and are rarely tranfmitted by tradition. We know...
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The Rambler. ...

Samuel Johnson - 1763
...why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for, impartiality, but muft expect little intelligence; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 1

1785
...why mod accounts of particular, psrfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till interclt and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft ex-, peel little intelligence; for the incidents S i which which give excellence to biography...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The Rambler

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - English literature - 1787
...why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft expect VOL. V. C c little lirtlc intelligence; for the incidents which give excellence to biography...
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The Rambler

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ulelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...ufelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which...give excellence to biography are of a volatile and evanefcent kind, fuch as foon efcape the memory, and are tranfmitted by tradition. We know how few...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but muft expect little intelligence -, for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The rambler

Samuel Johnson - 1792
...why moft accounts of particular perfons are barren and ufelefs. If a life be delayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but mull expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which give excellence to biography are of a volatile...
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A New and General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an ... Account of the ...

Biography - 1793
...Incidents of an interefting and characteriftic kind, however diligently fought, are not always to be found. The incidents, •which give excellence to Biography, are of a volatile and evanefcent kind, fuch as foon efcape the memory, and are rarely tranfmitted by tradition. It may alfo...
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The Monthly review. New and improved ser, Volume 16

1795
...biographical preface. " If (as Juhnfon remarks in oneof his Ramblers) alifebedelayed till intereft and envy are at an end, we may hope for impartiality, but we muft expe£l little intelligence;" and though, as he alfo remarks in the fame paper, the biographer...
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