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Dr. Johnson's Works: Life, Poems, and Tales, Volume 1

The Works Of Samuel Johnson, Ll.D., In Nine Volumes

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Author: Samuel Johnson
Language: English
Wordcount: 145,425 / 448 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,106
Added to site: 2004.06.30
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was not remarkable for diligence or regular application. Whatever he read, his tenacious memory made his own. In the fields, with his schoolfellows, he talked more to himself than with his companions. In 1725, when he was about sixteen years old, he went on a visit to his cousin Cornelius Ford, who detained him for some months, and, in the mean time, assisted him in the classics. The general direction for his studies, which he then received, he related to Mrs. Piozzi. "Obtain," says Ford, "some general principles of every science: he who can talk only on one subject, or act only in one department, is seldom wanted, and, perhaps, never wished for; while the man of general knowledge can often benefit, and always please." This advice Johnson seems to have pursued with a good inclination. His reading was always desultory, seldom resting on any particular author, but rambling from one book to another, and, by hasty snatches, hoarding up a variety of knowledge. It may be proper, in this place, to mention another ge

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