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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.: 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 Dodsle/s with the late Mr. Moore, and several...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with The Journal of a ..., Volume 4

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1884
...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." 3 I here began to indulge old Scottish sentiments, and to express a warm regret, that, by our union...
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The Iliad of Homer

Homer - 1884 - 500 pages
...woodcarving or blacksmithing. If anybody ever knew how to write it was Samuel Johnson, and he said, "A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it." There are thousands of young people in this country who want to become authors. It is an ambition laudable...
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Doctor Johnson: His Life, Works & Table Talk

James Macaulay - 1884 - 156 pages
...reading and tedious inquiry, and to satisfy themselves and others with illustrious examples, # * * A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to do it. NOT UNDERSTANDING AN ARGUMENT. JOHNSON had been arguing with an opponent who happened to say,...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 161

1884
...unwearied pursuit of unattainable perfection, was no part of his character.! "A man," Johnson said himself, "may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it."J He was constitutionally indolent, and subject to a frequent depression of spirits, and we think...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: And the Journal of His Tour to ..., Volume 5

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1885
...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." 1 This word is commonly used to signify sullenly, gloomily ; and in that sense alone it appears in...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Life

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1887
...strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere2, that 'a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it3;' for, notwithstanding his constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labour...
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Printers' Ink, Volume 100

Advertising - 1917
...one's own work. We can derive some reassurance from the reflection that it was the same oracle who said that a man may write at any time if he will set himself 'doggedly to it. Another dariger confronting the writer who, determined to get away from the beaten track, develops...
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Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, George Birkbeck Norman Hill - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1888 - 323 pages
...which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements. m Adventurer, No. 138. A MAN may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Boswell's Life ofJohnson, v. 40. Computation : NEVER think that you have arithmetic enough ; when you...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1889
...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 our union...
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