His attention to veracity , " says Mrs . Piozzi , " was without equal or example ; ”
and when I mentioned Clarissa as a perfect character , “ On the contrary , ” said
he , “ you may observe there is always something which she prefers to truth .
The writer of his own life has at least the first qualification of an historian , the
knowledge of the truth ; and though it may be plausibly objected , that his
temptations to disguise it are equal to his opportunities of knowing it , yet it cannot
but be ...
Next morning , while we were at breakfast , Johnson gave a very earnest
recommendation of what he himself practised with the utmost conscientiousness ;
I mean a strict attention to truth , even in the most minute particulars . “ Accustom
Nobody has a right to put another under such a difficulty , that he must either hurt
the person by telling the truth , or hurt himself by telling what is not true . ” Boswell
. “ A man often shows his writings to people of eminence , to obtain from them ...
It is amazing , sir , what deviations there are from precise truth in the account
which is given of almost every thing . I told Mrs . Thrale , “ You have so little
anxiety about truth , that you never tax your memory with the exact thing . ' Now
what is the ...
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