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" Addison is now despised by some who perhaps would never have seen his defects but by the lights which he afforded them. "
Lives of the English Poets: Smith-Savage - Page 146
by Samuel Johnson - 1905
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 479 pages
...by taste rather than by principles. 20 It is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labor of others, to add a little of their own, and overlook...but by the lights which he afforded them. That he al- 25 ways wrote as he would think it necessary to write now, cannot be affirmed; his instructions...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...deciding by taste rather than by principles. It is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labor of others to add a little of their own, and overlook...cannot be affirmed ; his instructions were such as the characters of his readers made proper. That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk,...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...deciding by taste rather than by principles. It is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labor of others to add a little of their own, and overlook...cannot be affirmed; his instructions were such as the characters of his readers made proper. That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk,...
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A Book of English Literature, Volume 1

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - English literature - 1916 - 889 pages
...the treatise likewise is short. The busy may [40 find time, and the idle may find patience. ****** That he always wrote as he would think it necessary...cannot be affirmed; his instructions were such as the characters of his readers made proper. That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk,...
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Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1830: Stress Points in the English Augustan Tradition

Claude Julien Rawson - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 309 pages
...they have effected that reformation which their authors intended'. Of Addison himself he added that he 'is now despised by some who perhaps would never have...defects, but by the lights which he afforded them'. More than a century and a half later, in 1945, CS Lewis similarly wondered 'whether the very degree...
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 298 pages
...underestimating Addison's intellectual achievement: "It is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labour of others, to add a little of their own, and overlook their masters." Johnson's portrait of the critical world before and after Addison pays the author the very high compliment...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D: With an Essay on His Life and ..., Volume 10

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1823
...deciding by taste* rather than by principles. It is not uncommon, for those who have grown wise by the labour of others, to add a little of their own, and...cannot be affirmed ; his instructions were such as the characters of his readers made proper. That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk,...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1825
...is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labour of others to add a little of their oxvn, and overlook their masters. Addison is now despised...cannot be affirmed ; his instructions were such as the characters of his readers made proper. That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk was...
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