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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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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2000 - 580 pages
...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.' James Boswell, 1785, 'Monday 16th August', in The journal of a Tour to the Hebrides 21:18 1 could see...
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Political Demography, Demographic Engineering

Myron Weiner, Professor of Political Science Myron Weiner, Michael S. Teitelbaum - History - 2001 - 148 pages
...Johnson's quip about the effects of anticipating one's own hanging. Johnson also wrote, I reminded myself, that a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Myron Weiner died at his home in Vermont on June 3,1999. INTRODUCTION 1 opulation—its growth or decline,...
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The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment

Roy Porter - History - 2000 - 727 pages
...undertakes to teach.' SAMUEL JOHNSON, Preface to Richard Rolt, Dictionary of Trade and Commerce (1756) 'A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.' SAMUEL JOHNSON inJames Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) INTRODUCTION [T]he historiography...
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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and His Reputation ...

David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English David Womersley - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 452 pages
...'strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, which I have had occasion to quote elsewhere, that a "man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.i"66 This is at variance with Gibbon's judgement, that the literary imagination works betrer when...
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How to Write Sales Letters That Sell

Drayton Bird - Business & Economics - 2002 - 309 pages
...America; the moral being, if you see a good idea that might work for you, steal it. The Right Approach 'A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.' Dr Johnson In his best book, My Early Life, Winston Churchill told how he coped with the Latin paper...
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Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb - Medical - 2003 - 312 pages
...write even on the subway has a notable provenance. In Boswell's famous Life of Samuel Johnson, we have: "A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it" (entry March 1750). Now, memory tells me that Johnson further said that the sentiment was from Christopher...
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Research Skills for Management Studies

Alan Berkeley Thomas - Business & Economics - 2004 - 269 pages
...academic writing and how to increase your chance of getting it published. Getting round to writing A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. (Dr Samuel Johnson) As the model of research portrayed in Figure 2.3 shows, the research process is...
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Art of Writing Business Letters

Sura College of Competition - 2004
...words and actions, whereby we make other people have better opinion of us and themselves A man can write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it CHAPTER - XXI LETTERS ON INSURANCE In a world of uncertainties, people need protection against theft,...
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Writing Feature Articles

Brendan Hennessy - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2006 - 414 pages
...journalists in low regard', The Penguin Book of Journalism. Seer ets of the Press, Penguin Books, 1999) A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. (James Boswell, quoting Dr Samuel Johnson) You have to be prepared to be unpopular if you're a journalist...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...stark insensibility. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 31 Oct. 1728) 44 ng Lear act 5, sc. 3, 1. 270 (1605-1606) 318 And my poor fool Quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for Mar. 1750) 45 [Of Lord Chesterf1eld's...
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