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" Somebody talked of happy moments for composition, and how a man can write at one time and not at another. "Nay," said Dr Johnson, "a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 171
by James Boswell - 1799
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The Biblical Repository and Classical Review

Religion - 1847
...writing. It cost him severe self-denial and effort to put pen to paper. Dr. Johnson used to say, a man can write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. All that a mind like Johnson's or Foster's needed was the first dogged effort, and then the intellectual...
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The Biblical repositor (and quarterly observer) [afterw.] The American ...

Edward Robinson - 1847
...writing. It cost him severe self-denial and effort to put pen to paper. Dr. Johnson used to say, a man can write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. All that a mind like Johnson's or Foster's needed was the first dogged effort, and then the intellectual...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Their Tour to the Hebrides

James Boswell, John Wilson Croker - Authors, English - 1848 - 874 pages
...for composition, and how a man can write at one time, and not at another. " Nay," said Dr. Johnson, " a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it." * I here began to indulge old Scottish sentiments, and to express a warm regret, that, by time before...
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Thoughts on the conduct of the understanding

Basil Montagu - 1849
...for composition ; and how a man can write at one time, and not at another. " Nay,'' said Dr. Johnson, "a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it." Johnson told us, almost all his Ramblers were written just as they were wanted for the press ; that...
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The British and Foreign Evangelical Review, Volume 1

Theology - 1852
...writing. It cost him severe self-denial and effort to put pen to paper. Dr Johnson used to say, a man can write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. All that a mind like Johnson's or Foster's needed was the first dogged effort, and then the intellectual...
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Deacon Giles's Distillery: And Other Miscellanies

George Barrell Cheever - Temperance - 1853 - 383 pages
...writing. It cost him severe self-denial and effort to put pen to paper. Dr. Johnson used to say, a man can write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. All that a mind like Johnson's or Foster's needed was the first dogged effort, and then the intellectual...
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The Triumphs of Perseverance and Enterprise: Recorded as Examples for the Young

Thomas Cooper - Biography - 1854 - 376 pages
...almost mechanical. Such attainments can only be reached by the most determined disciple of perseverance. "A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it;" was Johnson's own saying, but he could not have verified it, unless his mind, by assiduous application,...
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Life of Johnson: Including Their Tour to the Hebrides

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1860 - 874 pages
...for composition, and how a man can write at one time, and not at another. " Nay," said Dr. Johnson, " oposal, but have met with impediments, which, I hope, are now at an 4 I here began to indulge old Scottish sentiments, and to express a warm regret, that, by time before...
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The table talk of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1867 - 128 pages
...be sure ; but how much more would a young man improve were he to study during those years. WRITING. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. ARGUMENT. Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled....
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source : Passages ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1868 - 778 pages
...to find it done at all. Boswell's Life of Johnson. An. 1763. A very unclubable man. ibid. An. 1764. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Ibid- An. 1773. Let him go ahead to a distant country ; let him go to some place where he is not known....
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