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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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Handicraft, Volume 1

Arthur Carey, Frederic Allen Whiting, Huger Elliott, Carl Purington Rollins - Arts and crafts movement - 1903
...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. "I 'M older 'n you, an' I 've seen things an' men, An' my experience, — tell ye wut...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson: 1709-March 18, 1776

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1907 - 1172 pages
...strong confirmation of the truth of a a-mark of his, which I have had occasion to quote else\vhere, that " a man may write at any time, if he will set...the stated calls of the press twice a week from the * I have heard Dr. Warton mention that he was at Mr. Robert Dodsley's with the late Mr. Moore, and...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 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...constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labor in carrying on his Dictionary, he answered the stated calls of the press twice a week from the...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 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...constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labor in carrying on his Dictionary, he answered the stated calls of the press twice a week from the...
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Illustrated Lessons in Composition and Rhetoric

Erle Elsworth Clippinger - English language - 1912 - 371 pages
...might conjure an awe-inspiring composition from the shadowy realms of thought. Boswell has said, " A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly at it." The method of producing compositions which was prescribed by poor, patient, dogged Boswell...
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Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations, Volume 9

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1913
...each coach (at Garrick's funeral) ? " " Madam, there were no more six horses than six Phoenixes." " A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it," said Johnson. Of Beauclerk, " No man was ever so free, when he was going to say a good thing, from...
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Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - Readers - 1916 - 344 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...constitutional indolence, his depression of spirits, and his labor in carrying on his Dictionary, he answered the stated calls of the press twice a week from the...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1917 - 574 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...from the stores of his mind, during all that time. Posterity will be astonished when they are told, upon the authority of Johnson himself, that many of...
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The Amenities of Book-collecting and Kindred Affections

Alfred Edward Newton - Book collecting - 1918 - 373 pages
...has written — of all novelists my favorite. Trollope proved the correctness of Johnson's remark, "A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly at it." This we know Trollope did, we have his word for it. His personality was too sane, too matter...
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The Business of Living

Frank Crane - Conduct of life - 1920 - 317 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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