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I having mentioned that I had passed some time with Rousseau in his wild retreat , and having quoted some remark made by Mr. Wilkes , with whom I had spent many pleasant hours in Italy , Johnson said , sarcastically , " It seems ...
I always remember a passage in one of your letters to our Italian friend Baretti ; where , talking of the monastic life , you say you do not wonder that serious men should put themselves under the protec66 tion of a religious order ...
I told him that I had several times , when in Italy , seen the experiment of placing a scorpion within a circle of burning coals ; that it ran round and round in extreme pain ; and finding no way to escape , retired to the centre ...
“ His account of Italy is a very entertaining book ; and , sir , I kuow no man who carries his head higher in conversation than Baretti . There are strong powers in his mind . He has not , indeed , many hooks ; but with what hooks he ...
The general spoke Italian , and Dr. Johnson English , and understood one another very well , with a little aid of interpretation from me , in which I compared myself to an isthmus which joins two great continents .
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12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review
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