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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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A Modern English Grammar

Huber Gray Buehler - English language - 1900 - 291 pages
...would watch a mouse. 2. What is read twice is commonly better remembered than what is transcribed. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. 4. A falcon, towering in her pride of place. Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed. 5. When that...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D.: Together with a Journal of a ..., Volume 3

James Boswell - 1900
...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 with...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1901
...on the imnteenth of March. — M.] 4 Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, 3rd edit., p. z8 [Aug. 16], indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labour...received no assistance, except four billets in No. Io, by Miss Mulso, now Mrs. Chapone ; No. 30, by Mrs. Catharine Talbot ; No. 97, by Mr. Samuel Richardson,...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell - 1901
...strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere,4 that " a man may write at any time, if he will set...doggedly to it;" for, notwithstanding his constitutional 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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Essays on Poetry

William Hazlitt - English poetry - 1901 - 266 pages
...get beyond a few meagre sentences. Necessity soon made him prove the truth of the Johnsonian dictum that a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Latterly he could say that writing cost him nothing, and that he had merely to "unfold the book and...
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Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1903 - 1158 pages
...but we turn her out of a garden. nnd. Mnch may be made of a Scotchman if he be canght young. ibid. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Vol. ir. Chap. ii. 1773. 1 Every investigation which is guided by principles of nature fixes its ultimate...
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The Banquet Book: A Classified Collection of Quotations Designed for General ...

Cuyler Reynolds - Alcoholic beverages - 1902 - 475 pages
...Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. BACON, Essay I. Of Studies. A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. BOSWELL, Life of Johnson. Ignorance makes a fastidious critic ; knowing little, little is liked. AI.LSTON....
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Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson: With a Selection from His Essay on Johnson

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1904 - 94 pages
...quoted by Boswell. 17 31-32. Boswell considers it a strong confirmation of the truth of Johnson's remark that " a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it," that " notwithstanding his constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labour in carrying...
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Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson: With a Selection from His Essay on Johnson

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - Education - 1903 - 94 pages
...quoted by Boswell. 17 31-32. Boswell considers it a strong confirmation of the truth of Johnson's remark that " a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it," that " notwithstanding his constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labour in carrying...
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Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson: With a Selection from His Essay on Johnson

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - Education - 1903 - 94 pages
...quoted by Boswell. 17 31-32. Boswell considers it a strong confirmation of the truth of Johnson's remark that " a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it," that " notwithstanding his constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labour in carrying...
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