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" The want* of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 173
by Samuel Johnson - 1820
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The literary reader: prose authors, with biogr. notices &c. by H.G. Robinson

Hugh George Robinson - 1867
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires...forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer tbau it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed...
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Biography: Or, Third Division of "The English Encyclopedia", Volume 4

Charles Knight - Biography - 1867
...Lost,' the truth of Dr. Johnson's observation must be however to a considerable extent allowed, that it is " one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." Much of this inattention is no doubt owing to the character of this age. Learned poetry suits us not....
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 131

English literature - 1871
...Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the 'Life of Milton,' •vol. vi. p. 173, he had said: '" Paradise Lost" is one of the books which the reader admires...it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather thau a pleasure.' second cantos of ' Childc Harold,' he awoke and found Hlmsel'" famous. These cantos...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 131

English literature - 1871
...Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the 'Life of Milton,' vol. ri. p. 173, he bad said: '"'Paradise Lost" is one of the books which the reader admires...forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer dun it is. Its perusal is a duty rather tbau a pleasure.' second second cantos of ' Childe Harold,'...
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Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 15; Volume 78

1872
...Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the "Life of Milton," vol. vi. p. 173, he had said, " ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader admires...longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than i pleasure." of us has his or her visions shadowed out." " Childe Harold," on his first appearance,...
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Paradise Lost: Book I [-II]

John Milton - 1889 - 96 pages
...sympathy." " But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." " Another inconvenience of Milton's design is that it...
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Sketches of eminent statesmen and writers, with other ..., Issue 290, Volume 2

Abraham Hayward - 1880
...Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the " Life of Milton," vol. vi. p. 173, he says: "' Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader admires...is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." denounced the devastating ambition of Napoleon, and mingled the denunciation with a sneer at the fools...
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The Intellectual repository for the New Church. (July/Sept. 1817 ..., Volume 28

New Church gen. confer - 1881
...of learning and poetry — there is truth enough in Dr. Johnson's words, where he speaks of it as " one of the books which the reader admires, and lays down, and forgets to take up again." x It is to the dogmatic features of this poem that I would call attention. Addison refrains from noticing...
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The Six Chief Lives from Johnson's Lives of the Poets: With Macaulay's "Life ...

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1886 - 463 pages
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of I human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the / books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets tof tal£e up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its pejrusal is a duty rather tEan a pleasure....
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Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, George Birkbeck Norman Hill - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1888 - 323 pages
...of Johnson, i. 227. of of British greatness shall be obliterated1.' Yet of Paradise Lost he writes, 'None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal...recreation ; we desert our master, and seek for companions V This truth, if it be a truth, most men would have hidden from themselves, and all other critics would...
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