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" But he has wit too, and is not deficient in ideas, or in fertility and variety of imagery, and not empty of reading; he has knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner... "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 83
by James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
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Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One fpecies of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of cfeape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit ; he never lets truth ftand between him and a jeft, and he is fometimes mighty coarfe. Garrick...
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Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged ..., Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - 1807
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but...when you think. you have got him, like an animal that jutnps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1816
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit ; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...knowledge enough to fill up hin port. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's gone, Sir, when you ih'uik you have got him — like an animal that jump» over your lieud. Then he has a great range for...
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The Table Talk of John Selden

John Selden - 1818 - 180 pages
...of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with botli bands ; but he's gone, Sir, when you think you have got him,...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty course. Garrick is...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1820
...knowledge enough to till up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape; You drive him into» a corner with both hands; but...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he it sometime« mighty coarse. Garrick...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone, Volume 3

James Boswell - 1821
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick is...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone, Volume 3

James Boswell - 1821
...drive him into a corner with both Lands; but he's gone, sir, when you think you have got him—like an animal that jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick is...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and ...

James Boswell - 1822
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit ; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick...
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The Table Talk of Dr. Johnson: Comprising Opinions and Anecdotes of Life and ...

Samuel Johnson, James Boswell - 1825 - 352 pages
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in a*eminent degree, that GG ' of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's...jumps over your head. Then he has a great rang'e for wit; he never lets. truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick...
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