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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 Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell, William Wallace - 1873 - 560 pages
...strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere,3 'H* hie labour in carrying on his Dictionary, he answered the stated calls of the press twice a week from...
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The Gentleman's Magazine

Early English newspapers - 1873
...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.' " Yours, WRW I agree in the main with my illustrious contributor; but much depends upon the nature...
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The Gentleman's Magazine

Early English newspapers - 1873
...composition, and how a man can write at one time and not at another. 'Nay,' said Dr. Johnson, <a innn may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.' " Yours, \VRW I agree in the main with my illustrious contributor; but much depends upon the nature...
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Eccentric ...

1874
...scratch your head and bite your nails." ELL— XT. " He wears the rose Of youth upon him." ST-RN. • " A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it." 2n TERM SENIOR YEAR. " He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument."...
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Familiar Quotations ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1875 - 864 pages
...wrong one.1 Ibid. An. 1770. Much may be made of a Scotchman if he be caught young. ibid. An. 1772. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Ibid. An. 1773. 1 Mr. Kremlin was distinguished for ignorance ; for he had only one idea, and that...
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Samuel Johnson, His Words and His Ways, what He Said, what He Did, and what ...

Edward Tuckerman Mason - 1879 - 319 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." — Boswell. Mr. Strahan, the printer, told me that Johnson wrote "Rasselas," that with the profits...
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Samuel Johnson, His Words and His Ways, what He Said, what He Did, and what ...

1879 - 319 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."—Boswell. Mr. Strahan, the printer, told me that Johnson wrote "Rasselas," that with the profits...
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Transactions of the New Hampshire Medical Society ...

New-Hampshire Medical Society - 1883
...an unfounded supposition in many instances, for the effort has never been made. . It has been said that a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. We all have opinions, somewhat notorious for their diversity, based upon study and experience, and...
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Familiar quotations [compiled] by J. Bartlett. Author's ed

Familiar quotations - 1883
...Cli. 5. Much may be made of a Scotchman if he be caught young. Boswell's Lift ofJohnton. An. 1772. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. • An. 1773. Let him go abroad to a distant country ; let him go to some place where he is not known....
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Together with the Journal of a Tour to ...

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1884 - 2221 pages
...strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere,3 that " a man may write at any time, if he will set...the stated calls of the press twice a week from the 1 I have heard Dr. Warton mention that he was at Mr. Robert Dodsley"s with the late Mr. Moore, and...
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