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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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Boswell's Johnson: The Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1923 - 343 pages
...March, 1752, on which day it closed. This is a strong confirmation of the truth of a remark of his, that "a man may write at any time, if he will set...from the stores of his mind during all that time. The Rambler has increased in fame as in age. Soon after its first folio edition was concluded, it was...
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Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland: And Boswell's Journal ...

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1924 - 511 pages
...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 doggedly1 to it.' I here began to indulge old Scottish sentiments, and to express a warm regret, that,...
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Century Types of English Literature Chronologically Arranged

George William McClelland - English Literature (selections: Extracts, Etc.) - 1925 - 1144 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, be answered the stated calls of the press twice a week from the...
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Is it Good English and Like Matters

Wilfred Whitten - English language - 1924 - 175 pages
...rule to splurge in the night hours, and in the morning to purge. On the other hand, Johnson maintained that a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it. Words, however, are things ; and the man who accords To his language the license to outrage his soul,...
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The Living Age, Volume 326

1925
...which computation Johnson's essays would be but farthing pieces) we can put the great man's own dictum: 'A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.' Thirdly, it is a popular fallacy — and branded as such by Lamb himself — that enough is as good...
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Samuel Johnson & the Impact of Print

Alvin B. Kernan - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 357 pages
...and his type locked up while waiting for the author's corrections. But while Johnson may have bragged that "a man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it," accepting writing as labor, rather than the more noble activity Arendt calls "work," he always had...
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Politeness and Its Discontents: Problems in French Classical Culture

Peter France, Emeritus Professor of French Peter France - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 245 pages
...speaking his own sentiments' (Life, p. 353).2 The real man of letters can perform on any subject, and 'a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it' (Life, p. 144). The consciousness of universal literary ability went with an eye for fame and the ways...
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The Poet's Pen: Writing Poetry with Middle and High School Students

Betty Bonham Lies - Education - 1993 - 201 pages
...Some students will also be eager to share their own revision choices with the class. WRITER'S BLOCK A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. — Samuel Johnson At some point during the year, you might have students who complain that they can't...
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Edmond Malone, Shakespearean Scholar: A Literary Biography

Peter Martin - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 298 pages
...uncomfortable allusion to Johnson's remark that no moments of composition were 'happier' than others and that 'a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.'25 'I beg of you to comfort me', Boswell appeals, 'instead of scolding me.' 'I have always found...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you. 5079 Boswell - Life s led. directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one 5080 Boswell - Life If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon...
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